By Alex Stevens
Jonjo Shelvey has revealed he had a “manic” 24 hours before completing a £12million transfer to Newcastle.
The England international drove through the night to arrive at the north-east club on Tuesday, where he underwent a medical and finalised the formalities of the deal.
“I’m very excited to be here,” Shelvey told the club’s official website. “I’m so glad that it’s finally done. I drove up through the night to be here so it’s been a manic 24 hours but it’s all been worth it to come here and play for this great club.”
Shelvey was not registered in time to feature against Louis van Gaal’s team and must wait until Saturday’s home match against West Ham to make his debut for the north-east club.
The England international, 23, agreed the terms of a deal with Newcastle after growing frustrated at being in and out of the Swans’ starting X1 in recent months.
Football Insider revealed on Monday that the north-east club were hoping to tie up the £12million signing this week after opening talks with Swansea.
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Shelvey has struggled to earn a place in the Swans’ first team this season under both previous manager Garry Monk and his temporary successor Alan Curtis.
He played 90 minutes in the Swans’ shock FA Cup third-round exit to League Two side Oxford United on Sunday.
But the former Liverpool man has started just three Premier League games since October and was not part of the squad for the recent matches against Liverpool, Leicester, Manchester City and Manchester United.