Newcastle United are in talks with Swansea to sign Jonjo Shelvey according to Sky Sports.

They report that their ‘sources’ inform them that the discussions have begun, with a bid expected to be tabled this week.

Whilst he hasn’t had the best of seasons, the media appear keen to suggest that his relationship with Swansea has been more fragile than appears to be the reality.

Only twice has he been an unused substitute and has started 14 of Swansea’s 20 Premier League matches and came on as a sub in another two, whilst an injury kept him out a couple in December.

Jonjo Shelvey has also started all three cup matches, including the 3-2 defeat to Oxford today, with the midfielder playing the full game. So being involved in 19 of the 21 matches he was fit for, doesn’t suggest a player the Welsh club are desperate to shift.

However, manager Alan Curtis gave us all an insight into the problems Jonjo Shelvey can cause when he is left out, questioning the player’s ‘attitude’ if he is sidelined.

Alan Curtis speaking in advance of today’s defeat to Oxford:

“We all know his ability, everybody can see it. His last game (started the goalless draw at Palace but then left out of away game at Man Utd on 2 January) he was disappointing and he is far better than that.

“I’ve tried to speak to him and his attitude has always been in question, but he just wants to play and he gets frustrated if he is not in the team.

“If he is in the team he is not a problem at all, if he is not in the team he can be a bit more difficult to manage. He doesn’t come to you, you pull him in and find out when he is thinking about.”

If he did land up at Newcastle then you wouldn’t expect there to be any problems on that front, in terms of being left out.

Jonjo Shelvey would certainly represent a massive improvement on the likes of Anita, Colback and Tiote on the evidence of what I have seen in the last few years.