Are Newcastle Interested In Blackburn’s Hanley?

Newcastle may be interested in acquiring Blackburn Rover’s youngster Raheem Hanley on a free transfer this summer for the Development squad.

Raheem Hanley – 18 year-old Blackburn defender

The 18-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season,  and he is yet to agree to a new contract with the relegated club.

There could be a number of Blackburn Rover players leaving this summer, as the club has been relegated and the manager who has taken them down – Steve Kean – has assured the supporters he is there for the long term – as have the Indian owners Venky’s.

That must please the Blackburn fans, who have seen nothing but a downward spiral since the Indian family took over the club in late 2010,  and sacked Sam Allardyce to bring in the unproven Scot, who had never managed at first team level before.

Blackburn went tumbling down the league last season, and they survived relegation on the last day of last season, but have been no better this season, and will play in England’s second division next season.

Keans’ record is in 65 total games he has won only 17 games, drawn, 14 and lost 34 in all games.

That record would get 65 points in 65 games, so would fetch 38 points in a Premier League season, and Blackburn have been relegated with just 31 points with one game to play.

It’s simply been a total disaster for Blackburn, and we feel great sympathy for the Blackburn fan base – a club that were Premier League Champions in 1995, when Alan Shearer played for the side.

We well remember the terrible pain when Newcastle were relegated a short three years ago.

Hanley joined Blackburn from Manchester United in the summer of 2010, and is not to be confused with Grant Hanley,  who played 24 times for the Blackburn first team this season and looked quite good.

But Raheem Hanley is highly regarded at Ewood Park, and he plays at left-back, and fits the profile of somebody Newcastle may be interested in bringing to Tyneside, although some compensation will have to be paid to Blackburn, as he is under 24.

Blackburn have an excellent Youth side, and they reached the finals of the FA Youth Cup this season, but Chelsea won on aggregate 4-1,  after winning the home leg 4-0.

Hanley was a top player in the Blackburn youth team, and could be bought to fill out Newcastle’s Development squad this summer, but there are reported to be several Premier League clubs interested in the defender.

Here is piece on Hanley  on the Blackburn Rovers web-site:

A marauding left-back who likes to use his pace to get forward to support attacks – he was signed from Manchester United after a successful trial,  but injury prevented Raheem from making an impression in the first part of the 2010-2011 season.

Thankfully the second half proved to be a successful one for the defender, as he not only cemented his place in the under 18 side, but also went on to appear twice for the Reserves.

A back injury sustained at the beginning of last August meant Raheem didn’t make his first appearance of the season until January, but has since gone on to make Reserve team appearances.

And a vital contribution in the FA Youth Cup run culminating in him being given a first team squad number towards the end of the campaign.

Here is very young still of course, and only turned 18 in February.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • Toon-Army

    May 10, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #1

    give the lad a go.

  • Beattie25

    May 10, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #2

    Raheem for the reserves Fryers for back up lb to the first team.


  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    May 10, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Marauding left backs are always useful….
    but if we do shift Santon to RB and get in another first choice LB cover he’d be one for the future

  • Beattie25

    May 10, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #4

    Still think Grant Hanley would be an immense signing from Blackburn.

    20 years old cb, solid and now cheap!

    Sign him up alongside a top cb and we will have a solid cb unit.

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    May 10, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Have to say I’m looking forward to a season with at least 15 fewer goals against – 16 or more clean sheets would be nice too…

  • archaeomag

    May 10, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #6

    Left Back is a specialist position, and since Jose left, I get the feeling we have been filling in; [& so we don’t really know how Santon would be right back.]

  • jonny-intense

    May 10, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #7

    @ 5 – I’d love to know where we’d of finished this season if Saylor was available throughout. With One or two additions and we will be one of the better units in the league at centre back so, I too, am expecting a bit of healthier goal difference. Need a bit of youth bedding in though now, shame about Kadar.

  • archaeomag

    May 10, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #8

    *at* right back

  • geordiesteve520

    May 10, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #9

    Beattie, was really excited when I saw the headline, as I thought it was grant Hanley, I think he is in the same mould as Phil Jones and would make an immense signing.

  • Beattie25

    May 10, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #10

    Alongside a sturdier defence we need a bit
    More creativity in midfield. A Marvin Martin and Junior Hoilett type player at CM and LW respectively would add another 20-30 goals onto our total considering the finishing abilities of Ba and Cisse!

  • Dannyo

    May 10, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #11

    Grant came in for Samba when he left did he not? And did quite well for himself according to my memory…

  • Beattie25

    May 10, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #12

    @ Steve

    For sure and would cost about 15 million less!

  • patty518

    May 10, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Watched him for the u18 v nufc in youth cup. Was very impressive. Well worth a punt. Played centre mid then full back showing his versatility. Blackburn had a few good kids including both centre halves and their winger

  • Toon1978

    May 10, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #15

    Hanley would be a tremendous capture. The kid has talent…..fingers crossed.

  • Robby Bobson

    May 10, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #16

    Clicked on this thinking it was about Brad thinking it wouldnt be a bad buy as hes an absolute tank.

    Its good to see we are filling our reserve team up.

  • supatoonkid

    May 10, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #17

    I saw this on Sky Sport and was just thinking i reckon we might give this guy a chance but yeah wonder if anything materialises as we are going to need a whole new reserve squad.

  • dbeeio

    May 10, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #18

    we do like injury prone players don’t we

  • supatoonkid

    May 10, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #19

    oh i’m glad he’s a versatile player because i hope we go after Ezekiel Fryers for 2nd choice LB and maybe Raheem can be a more CM type player

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    May 10, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #20

    Fryers is CRAP!!

  • Toon1978

    May 10, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #21

    Shearer Milburn

    I watched that vid mate and the cockney gitts make you laugh…sooooo arrogant its unreal. Listening to them laugh when one of the blokes said we will get 3rd. What a bunch of We have done excellent anyway and it would be great if we did get 3rd just to stick it up them arrogant to22 pots.

  • geordiesteve520

    May 10, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #22

    Think a swoop for both Grant Hanley and Ruben Rochina would be a great shout, both of them for £5m?

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 10, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #23

    We’ve got nothing to lose and for a player that just broke into the Blackburn first team we should give him a go. He could well end up being the LB we’ve always wanted, but probably in a few years time.

    We are definitely moving around and finding the right players for both our first 11 and reserves quickly. It’s great to see the club trying so hard.


  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 11, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #24

    Blackburn’s relegation reminds me of ours …

    New owners, change of manager, fans unhappy all season, protests etc.

    Will the owners learn? Will they bounce back?
    Tough times but I wish the club and their fans well.

  • markmac

    May 11, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #25

    @24, yeh but at least they had some success in recent years by winning the premier league,

    p.s give him a go what we got to lose? he wont cost the earth


    May 11, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #26

    Never heard of this lad!


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