Report: Newcastle leading race to sign wantaway Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey

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Newcastle are reportedly leading the race to sign Swansea ace Jonjo Shelvey.

According to the Daily Mirror, Newcastle United are leading the race for Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, who wants to leave the club.

Shelvey, 23, failed to make much of an impact with Liverpool during a three-year spell at Anfield, but has proven his worth with Swansea ever since his 2013 move.

The central midfielder, who is known for his superb range of passing, has scored ten goals in 95 games for Swansea, and has even earned call-ups to the England squad as a result of his fine performances.

However, Shelvey may now be thinking about leaving the Liberty Stadium, with The Mirror reporting that the former Charlton Athletic prospect is keen to leave following the departure of former boss Garry Monk.

It's also stated that Newcastle United currently lead the race for Shelvey's signature, with Swansea allegedly prepared to listen to offers for the playmaker in January.

The Magpies need to find a consistent central midfield option, rather than try to rely on the likes of Cheick Tiote and Vurnon Anita - and Shelvey would certainly fit the bill.

Manager Steve McClaren will surely know that, after signing Chancel Mbemba, Georginio Wijnaldum, Florian Thauvin and Aleksandar Mitrovic, Newcastle need to sign players with some Premier League experience, especially as they attempt to battle against relegation this season.

Swansea will no doubt command a large fee for Shelvey, but with Newcastle believed to be at the front of the queue for his signature, McClaren may well be confident of securing a deal next month.

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