Newcastle United are reportedly closing in on their first signing of the January transfer window after submitting a formal offer for out-of-favour Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, who this time last year was being hailed as one of the breakout stars of the Premier League.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Newcastle have followed up their initial interest with a bid worth £10m for the former Charlton and Liverpool player. It is said that a deal is already close to completion.

A separate report from the Daily Mail claims that the fee is closer to £12m and that a five-year contract will be signed. Shelvey is apparently quite taken with the idea of working with Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren, choosing the Magpies over interest from Crystal Palace and Alan Pardew.

Shelvey has surprisingly fallen down the pecking order at Swansea this season after a fine campaign in 2014/15 had him knocking on the door of the England squad once more. But still just 23 years of age, a fresh start may be just what the player needs to kick-start his career.

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In a bid to further strengthen their team for the second half of the campaign, Newcastle are also very close to completing the signing of Bordeaux midfielder Henri Saivet for around £4m.

The 25-year-old Senegalese international arrived for a medical on Monday afternoon. With Bordeaux boss Willy Sagnol having already confirmed that an agreement is in place, McClaren explained, "We are just waiting for the outcome [of the medical]".

Saivet has been with Bordeaux since 2002, rising through the youth ranks to become an established member of the first-team squad. He was handed a senior debut by then manager Laurent Blanc at the age of just 17 during the 2007/08 campaign and was on the fringes as Bordeaux were crowned French champions the following year.

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