JONJO SHELVEY has completed his £6million move from Liverpool to Swansea City and fellow midfielder Jay Spearing is set to follow him out of Anfield.
Shelvey penned a four-year contract at the Liberty Stadium after rejecting a move to Premier League new boys Crystal Palace in favour of signing for the Welsh outfit.
The Reds will receive around £5million up front with a further £1million potentially coming their way in add-ons.
Spearing is also expected to move on with Blackburn Rovers interested in securing his services.
The Championship outfit have contacted Liverpool about a possible deal for the 24-year-old midfielder, who shone during a loan spell at Bolton Wanderers last season.
With Spearing having entered the final year of his contract, Liverpool are looking to bank around £3million from a permanent transfer rather than loan him out again.
Oussama Assaidi and Dani Pacheco are other fringe players who are likely to be off-loaded over the coming weeks.
Assaidi, who made just 12 appearances in all competitions following his arrival from Heerenveen for £2.4million last August, is set for a return to Holland. Both PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord have expressed an interest in signing the Morocco international on loan.
Liverpool would prefer a permanent deal but if no offers are forthcoming they will allow Assaidi to leave on a temporary basis before the window shuts.
Pacecho, who was snapped up from Barcelona six years ago, is also surplus to requirements having finished last season on loan at Spanish Second Division club Sociedad Deportiva Huesca.
Shelvey’s three-year stay at Liverpool ended with him paying tribute to the club’s supporters for their backing.
He tweeted: “Just wanna say thank you to every one of the Liverpool fans for their support! They were first class. And will be truly missed.
“Will miss the city very much and the club. Owe a lot to everyone there. Thank you. Time to start a new chapter in life in Wales. Thank you.”
The 21-year-old midfielder scored seven goals in 69 appearances for Liverpool after joining for £1.7million from Charlton Athletic in 2010.
Shelvey had a choice between Swansea and Crystal Palace, and opted to sign for the League Cup holders who will be involved in this season’s Europa League.
After agreeing personal terms and passing his medical, he headed for Holland to link up with Michael Laudrup’s squad for the club’s pre-season tour.