Done deal: Newcastle snap up England international in £12m transfer

According to reports from BBC Sport, Newcastle United have signed Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey in a £12million deal.

The 23-year-old joined the Welsh club’s ranks from Liverpool – who will receive around £500,000 from the transfer due to a sell-on clause – in summer 2013 and went on to register 77 appearances across all competitions, including 69 outings in the Premier League.

But the England international, who made his Three Lions debut back in 2012, lost his place in the Swansea first team in early December as the Liberty Stadium outfit plummeted towards the Premier League’s relegation zone. They’re currently in 17th place.

Following on from the signing of Bordeaux midfielder Henri Saivet, the Magpies confirmed Shelvey’s arrival at a cost of £12million earlier today – and he was presented to the St. James’ Park faithful this evening ahead of Newcastle’s Premier League clash with Manchester United.

Head coach Steve McClaren is said to have tracked the former Charlton Athletic youngster for a number of years and commented upon his Tyneside arrival; “He has great experience for a young English central midfielder.”