Sunday 26 February 2017

£10m Shelvey set to swap Swans for Eagles

Matt Law

Swansea's Jonjo Shelvey has received internal criticism for his performances this season Photo: Reuters / Rebecca Naden
Swansea's Jonjo Shelvey has received internal criticism for his performances this season Photo: Reuters / Rebecca Naden

Alan Pardew is poised to offer Jonjo Shelvey an escape route out of Swansea City by bidding to take him to Crystal Palace this month.

However, the Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins wants around £10m for Shelvey, even though the England international was left out of the match-day squad for the trip to Manchester United.

Shelvey has fallen out of favour at Swansea, having been criticised internally for his performances in matches and in training. Garry Monk dropped Shelvey towards the end of his reign as Swansea manager and caretaker Alan Curtis left him out of the trip to United after hauling the 23-year-old off after 56 minutes in the goalless draw against Palace.

However, that has not put Palace boss Pardew off a move for Shelvey (pictured) - the pair know each other from working together at Charlton.

Pardew believes he can inspire Shelvey to reproduce the kind of form that has earned him five England appearances this season and put him in contention for a place in Roy Hodgson's Euro 2016 squad.

Not wanting to miss out on the European Championship finals in France, Shelvey is keen to leave Swansea if he cannot hold down a regular place there .

Pardew also wants a new striker during January and will be among the bidders for Queens Park Rangers' Charlie Austin. Palace have failed to score in their last three games and will face competition from Newcastle for Austin.

Newcastle are also after a midfielder and could look towards Shelvey as well.

In terms of trying to sign a striker, Pardew said: "We are still looking at the market to see if there is anything with a bit of value."

Telegraph.co.uk

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