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Nottingham Forest set to sign Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey

Nottingham Forest set to sign Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey

Nottingham Forest are on the brink of completing their 25th signing since gaining promotion to the Premier League.

The Telegraph reports that the Tricky Trees are close to signing Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.

The former Liverpool man is one of Newcastle’s longest-serving players, having signed from Swansea City for £12 million in 2016.

However, while injuries have played a part in his significantly reduced game time, he has struggled to retain his place as a regular starter in the Magpies squad since Bruno Guimaraes completed his big-money move to the club last summer.

Shelvey is yet to start a Premier League game for Newcastle this term and has made only three substitute appearances against Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Southampton.

His only start so far came back in November last year against Crystal Palace in the Carabao Cup. He also made a two-minute cameo against Bournemouth in the fourth round.

Shelvey is one of the casualties of the new ownership regime at the Tyneside outfit that are looking to restore the club’s glory days by revamping the squad with fresh players.

Last season, the 30-year-old helped Newcastle to a mid-table finish scoring two goals and providing an assist in 24 league appearances.

Newcastle are not well stocked in the midfield department but are willing to let Shelvey leave this month as Forest look to wrap up the transfer before Tuesday’s deadline.

Shelvey is reportedly eager to leave St James’ Park and has informed the club hierarchy that he wants a new challenge as he enters the final six months of his contract.

The player has been permitted to speak to Forest and could have his medical on Monday. He is expected to sign a two-and-a-half-year deal at the City Ground upon completing his move.

Newcastle have also begun the search for a replacement, but there are no guarantees that they will be able to sign anyone before the window slams shut.

Shelvey will become Forest’s third addition this month, but the Reds are still in the market for a new goalkeeper and are close to finalising a deal for Paris Saint-Germain stopper Keylor Navas.

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