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Swansea boss Laudrup drove deal for Liverpool's Shelvey

Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup drove their deal for Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.

The South Wales Evening Echo says t is understood manager Laudrup pressed for the deal on his return to South Wales after initial suggestions that Swansea were interested in the player, but not at Liverpool's £5m valuation.

It is thought Swansea believe he can provide a balance in terms of options for the midfield - especially in the role behind the striker - while also offering a greater physical presence.

The price could rise to a club record £6m if add-on clauses are met.

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