Official: Shelvey joins Newcastle from Swansea City

Newcastle United have announced the signing of Jonjo Shelvey from Swansea City for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old midfielder has signed a five-and-a-half year deal at St James’s Park and is the Magpies’s second signing of the month following the capture of Henri Saivet.

“I’m very excited to be here,” Shelvey told Newcastle’s official website. “I’m so glad that it’s finally done.

“I drove up through the night to be here so it’s been a manic 24 hours but it’s all been worth it to come here and play for this great club.”

Shelvey joined Swansea in 2013 after a three-year spell at Liverpool, who he had joined as a teenager from Charlton Athletic.

The England international established himself as a key part of the Swans’s midfield under Garry Monk but has fallen out of favour following his sacking in early December.

“I’m delighted to welcome Jonjo to Newcastle United,” head coach Steve McClaren said.

“He has great experience for a young English central midfielder and he is a current England international so I’m certain he will be a great addition to the squad.

“He is a player we have admired for some time and we’re very pleased that we’ve now been able to bring him here.”

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