The Sun is reporting that Newcastle are now the favorites to sign 24 year-old Scottish International defender Grant Hanley.
Grant has been at Blackburn Rovers since 2008 when he signed on from Rangers as a 16 year-old – and the center-back has now played 200 times for Rovers with 9 goals.
Grant Hanley – Blackburn center-back
We are 2/1 favorites to sign Blackburn Rovers defender Grant Hanley according to BetVictor.
Newcastle will be bringing in at least one center-back this summer, with Steven Taylor having already been released and Fab Coloccini expected to leave the club to return to Argentina in the summer.
On Thursday, manager Rafa Benitez said that Newcastle had four signings that had already been agreed, with the paperwork needing to be completed for the transfers to complete.
Grant made his full international debut for Scotland as a substitute in May 2011 against Wales in the Nations Cup in Dublin and has 23 total caps for Scotland.
Grant fills the bill for Newcastle, having had lots of experience in the Championship playing for the last four seasons at Blackburn, and he also played in the Premier League until 2012 when Rovers were relegated.
Maybe Grant is one of the four players Rafa has lined up to sign shortly?