Alan Pardew is ready to bid for Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey – as he insists a top-10 finish is not “life or death” for his job prospects.

Newcastle boss Pardew is making firm plans to revitalise his squad, and Shelvey – scorer of a Goal of the Season contender against Aston Villa on Saturday – is among his targets.

The Magpies’ net spend on transfers is bottom of the Premier League over the last five years. But their £45million profit means they have the cash for a major rebuild which Pardew is determined to lead.

With money from the latest big-name sale of Yohan Cabaye to spend, Pardew fancies England Under-21 star Shelvey - who he handed his professional debut when he was Charlton boss.