It looks like the center-back Newcastle are hoping to sign this week is 24 year-old Blackburn Rovers’ Scottish International Grant Hanley, and he is expected to be Newcastle’s fifth signing this summer.
The Chronicle is reporting they understand Rafa Benitez has targeted the Dumfries born defender to bolster what has been a very weak defense for the last four years and it will be the second defensive reinforcement brought in so far.
Grant Hanley – Blackburn center-back and captain
31 year-old Atletico Madrid defender Jesus Gamez is expected to sign for Newcastle before the day is out.
The local paper is reporting sources in Lancashire have told them Newcastle made an enquiry this week for the 6ft 3in center-back.
Grant has played 200 times with 9 goals for Blackburn over the last six seasons including 46 games last season with two goals and he has played in both the Championship and the Premier League.
It’s interesting that Hanley is currently the captain of Blackburn and as we know Newcastle are really short of both leaders and strong characters in the dressing room.
Sky Sports are reporting that Atletico Madrid defender Jesus Gamez will be taking his medical at Newcastle and the club hopes to sign him and another defender before the week is out.
Maybe that other defender is indeed Grant Hanley, who has played 23 times for Scotland with one goal.
Jesus Gamez was the captain of Malaga for three years from 2011, before he joined Atletico Madrid two years ago, so Rafa is bringing some much needed leadership to Newcastle.
Newcastle signed 24 year-old goalkeeper Matz Sels, 25 year-old striker Dwight Gayle and 26 year-old winger Matt Ritchie last week.