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Reports: Pardew wants £3.5m ex-Liverpool midfielder to be first Crystal Palace signing

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Alan Pardew has reportedly eyed Jonjo Shelvey and Neil Taylor as his first signings as Crystal Palace manager.

It seems like a foregone conclusion that Crystal Palace will announce Alan Pardew as their new manager this week, possibly even before the New Year's Day clash at Aston Villa.

The Newcastle United boss, 53, is all set to leave Tyneside having said goodbye to staff and players at the club, and will be unveiled as Neil Warnock's replacement at Selhurst Park in the coming days.

He joins with the transfer window set to re-open once again, and reports in the Daily Mirror suggest that he's set his sights on Jonjo Shelvey.

The Swansea City midfielder, 22, is no stranger to South London given that he was with Charlton Athletic from the age of 12 until his 2010 move to Liverpool when he was 18.

With Shelvey born in Romford and also a former Arsenal and West Ham youngster, he has big ties with London and could be open to a move back to the capital if Pardew comes calling, with a £3.5m bid reportedly in the pipeline.

The Mirror also suggest that a double deal could be on the cards, with Pardew allegedly ready to sanction a move to Swans left back Neil Taylor.

The 25-year-old Welsh international could be forced down the pecking order with manager Garry Monk once again interested in Sevilla left back Timothee Kolodziejczak, and after Pardew had a bid turned down for Taylor during his time as Newcastle manager, it could be a great move for all parties with Palace lacking a true left back.

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