Crystal Palace set to bid for Swansea City's Jonjo Shelvey
Published 04/01/2016 | 15:44
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.
But Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins wants around £10million for Shelvey, even though he was left out of the matchday squad for the trip to Manchester United.
England international Shelvey has fallen out of favour at Swansea, having been criticised internally for his performances in matches and in training.
Former Swansea manager Garry Monk dropped Shelvey towards the end of his reign 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.
But that has not put Palace manager Pardew off a move for Shelvey and the pair know each other well from working together at Charlton Athletic.
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 at the Liberty Stadium.
Other than chasing Swansea, Pardew 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 United for Austin. Newcastle are also after a midfielder and could look towards Shelvey as well.
In terms of trying to sign a new striker, Pardew said: “We have been happy with Connor Wickham, but he has been out for long periods and we have done unbelievably well without him at times.
“If we can keep him and Dwight Gayle fit, and get Marouane Chamakh up to speed, we will be okay. Bur we are still looking at the market to see if there is anything with a bit of value.”