Swansea Close in on Jonjo Shelvey
If there’s comings, there has to be goings and as Liverpool continue to take dramatic strides towards improving their squad, it’s only fair that there would be some casualties; earlier this morning, the News Desk received word that the Reds had accepted a bid of £6mil for Jonjo Shelvey.
After wrapping up a move for Manchester City defender Kolo Toure yesterday, reports began to surface regarding Swansea City’s interest in the 21-year old before Chairman Huw Jenkins went on the record to confirm their approach. Shelvey made only 17 league starts at Anfield since moving from Charlton Athletic in May 2010 for an initial fee of £1.7mil. After impressing while on loan at Blackpool, he was offered a new long term contract with Liverpool in July 2012 and scored four goals in ten appearances in the Europa League last season including a memorable brace from the bench against Swiss side BSC Young Boys.
Brendan Rodgers has already made a number of signings this summer and with more expected – including a prominent center midfielder – Shelvey has been deemed surplus to requirements. Although he got a decent run in the side under the Reds boss, a number of lukewarm performances and hot headed displays – epitomized by a first-half red card against Manchester United last September — saw him eventually drop out of the starting line-up and back into the reserves as new options and additions were explored. Shelvey is expected at the Liberty Stadium later today to discuss personal terms ahead of finalizing the move.