JONJO Shelvey has joined Blackpool on loan.
Ian Holloway managed to complete the deal for the Liverpool midfielder ahead of tomorrow’s Bloomfield Road showdown with Bristol City.
The Reds had insisted on the 19-year-old staying at Anfield for another fortnight – but a deal now has now been struck.
The move will delight Holloway, who spent most of the summer trying to land the talented youngster.
The Pool boss wanted Shelvey included in the deal which saw Charlie Adam join Liverpool in July, but he was knocked back.
He has been trying to get the former Charlton attacker on loan ever since and Shelvey’s arrival would be a relief for the manager, who has talked about a lack of firepower in his squad.
The Anfield teenager also has pace, which is essential to Holloway’s style of play.
Londoner Shelvey became Charlton’s youngest ever first-team player in 2008, at the age of 16 years and 59 days.
He scored seven goals in 42 appearances for the Addicks before making a £2.4m move to Liverpool in April last year
He has made 15 appearances for the Merseyside club but has yet to get on the scoresheet.
Shelvey joins on a three-month loan deal.