JONJO SHELVEY looks set to leave Liverpool after Crystal Palace tabled an offer of around £5million.
The Premier League new boys have jumped ahead of Swansea City in the race to sign the 21-year-old midfielder.
Palace had initially hoped to take Shelvey on a season-long loan but with Liverpool only interested in a permanent deal they have made a decisive move to secure his services.
The Reds, who had hoped to bank up to £7million for the young England international, are considering the Londoners’ bid.
Swansea have also held talks with Liverpool over Shelvey but much will now depend on the player’s preferred destination.
Michael Laudrup’s League Cup winners can offer the prospect of Europa League football, while Palace hope Shelvey will jump at the chance to be reunited with boss Ian Holloway in the capital.
Shelvey, who grew up in East London, shone under the guidance of Holloway during a three-month loan spell at Blackpool in 2011 and the prospect of regular first team action for Palace is likely to appeal.
The youngster grew increasingly frustrated at Anfield in the second half of last season after dropping down the pecking order in Brendan Rodgers’ squad.
He made 18 starts for the Reds in all competitions last term but just three came following the turn of the year.
The summer signings of Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto will further limit Shelvey’s opportunities at Liverpool. He is surplus to requirements and has little option but to move on in order to further his career.
His departure will boost Rodgers’ transfer kitty as the club look to secure deals for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Sporting Lisbon’s Tiago Ilori. Both transfers are still some way from completion as negotiations continue.
Shelvey cost Liverpool £1.7million when he arrived from Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2010.
He made 21 appearances during his first season with the Reds and added another 16 under Kenny Dalglish in 2011/12.
A year ago he signed a new long-term contract and made a fine start to the campaign, which was marred by a red card against Manchester United.
His performances were rewarded with a first full England cap against San Marino last October but he failed to push on and slipped out of favour at Anfield.