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Newcastle make moves for Saivet and Shelvey

Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren is hoping for a much-needed double transfer breakthrough as he attempts to drag the club out of yet another worrying tailspin.

Shelvey could be set to join Newcastle. Credit: PA

PA Sport reported that Bordeaux midfielder Henri Saivet was on Tyneside on Monday to discuss a potential move, while the Magpies are also understood to have formalised their long-held interest in Swansea's Jonjo Shelvey.

Senegal international Saivet, 25, has spent much of his career playing as a winger but has occupied a central role for his club this season and could cost in excess of £4million.

Shelvey, who was coveted by former boss Alan Pardew during his time at St James' Park, appears to be heading out of Swansea after losing his place under first Garry Monk and then new boss Alan Curtis.

He was reportedly involved in a row with a Swans fan following the club's 3-2 FA Cup third round defeat by League Two Oxford on Sunday.

Shelvey has been linked with a £10million switch to Newcastle as the club attempts to end a run of four consecutive 1-0 defeats and ease itself out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone with home games against Manchester United on Tuesday evening and West Ham at the weekend.

Shelvey staying at Swansea, says Curtis

England midfielder Jonjo Shelvey wants to remain part of Swansea's battle for Barclays Premier League survival, caretaker manager Alan Curtis has insisted.

Shelvey has fallen out of favour at Swansea in recent weeks and been linked with a move in the January transfer window, with Crystal Palace and Newcastle reportedly keen on the 23-year-old Londoner.

Shelvey will stay at Swansea, says Curtis. Credit: PA

"There's been questions asked about Jonjo's attitude but in the couple of weeks I've been in charge he's been excellent," Curtis said.

"There's going to be a lot of speculation about Jonjo, he's out of the side at the moment and he's a current England international.

"I guess people are putting two and two together that if he's not in the team he will move in January.

"But I've spoken to Jonjo and he wants to play a part at the club and, unless things change, I expect him to be with us through January.

"He played on Monday and was disappointing, but if you look at his form you've got to look at the entire team as well for most of the season.

"I feel it's a matter of time with Jonjo, potentially he's a great player and the class will always come through at the end."

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Van Gaal to talk with Giggs about Swansea rumours

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says he will speak to his assistant Ryan Giggs about reports linking him to Swansea's managerial vacancy.

Former Wales captain Giggs has been linked to a return to his homeland following Garry Monk's departure from the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday.

Giggs is linked with the vacancy at Swansea. Credit: PA

"First I have to speak to Ryan Giggs by himself if it's true," Van Gaal said at his press conference before United's Barclays Premier League trip to Bournemouth.

"And [in that case], he's coming to me. I never read papers and I think that it's the truth. I'm sorry.

"I cannot speak about 'if'. The 'if' situations."

Giggs was linked with Swansea as club chairman Huw Jenkins continued his search for a successor to Monk, who paid the price for a dismal run of form in the past three months.

And Harry Redknapp, the former West Ham, Portsmouth and Tottenham manager, wrote on his Twitter account: "Hearing talk of Giggsy for the Swansea job.

"It'd be a big step up, not easy to manage a Prem club. Garry Monk will have learnt an awful lot."

Monk nears Swansea exit as chairman calls for change

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has dropped a strong hint that manager Garry Monk is on his way out of the struggling Barclays Premier League club after declaring that "something needs to change".

Monk took training as usual with the team on Tuesday but Jenkins - in London to collect his OBE for services to sport in Wales - indicated an announcement on his future could be imminent.

Garry Monk looks set for the exit door at Swansea. Credit: PA

Jenkins said: "We all feel at the club that something needs to change to get things back on a positive note as quickly as possible and get us back to the levels of performances we have got to have to win games at the Premier League level."

The chairman refused to confirm whether Monk would be sacked, but asked if an announcement would be made on Tuesday, replied: "Not today, because I am up here [in London]."

Jenkins added: "The difference between the end of August and how we find ourselves today is something we haven't experienced at Swansea before, such a big change around from where we were after beating Man United in the last game in August.

"I think it just again highlights if things are not dealt with and addressed early enough the Premier League is very unforgiving, and unless every angle and everybody's focus is 100% week in, week out, things can change very quickly."

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