It’s good news bad news this morning for Newcastle, with the club ready to announce our 5th signing of the summer – an impressive £2.5M deal for Arsenal’s 21 year-old defender Isaac Hayden on a five years deal.
But our other latest target, Grant Hanley of Blackburn, is not proving so easy and the Tyneside club are finding it difficult to agree a fee with Blackburn Rivers for the 24 year-old Scottish International center-back, who has both significant Championship experience and great leadership skills.
21 year-old Isaac Hayden to be announced imminently
Issac Hayden has passed his medical and once the lad announced as a Newcastle player – hopefully this morning – he will jet off to join the squad in County Kildaire in Ireland at their training camp.
Hayden seems like another very good signing and where Rafa Benitez will play him is a good question.
Maybe it’s in defensive midfield and that would open the way for Cheick Tiote to leave the club and possibly follow Papiss Cisse to China.
Local reports suggest he has been signed by Rafa as a defensive midfielder; Isaac can also play at center-back and at right-back.
We have reportedly had two bids rejected by Blackburn of £3.5M and £4.5M for their captain Grant Hanley, but the two clubs are still said to be negotiating on a potential deal.
This is what Blackburn manager Owen Coyle has said about his player over the weekend:
“I don’t want to be selling Grant Hanley,” “I’ll say that openly.
“But obviously we can’t stop clubs from admiring our players. It’s the same with me. I admire players at other clubs and you go after them.”
“But what I would also say is about Grant Hanley’s valuation as a player. I hold him in very high esteem. I think he is a very, very good player.”
“And I think it’s fair to say, in my own opinion, they are nowhere near the valuation of Grant Hanley. I don’t want to lose him.”
“It’s nothing to do with him expressing a desire (to join Newcastle), because when all is said and done Grant Hanley is a player who is under contract at Blackburn Rovers.”
“I know the way the world works when agents get to work and such forth.” “But all I would say is Grant Hanley’s our captain and we don’t want to lose him.”
“I totally understand why Newcastle covet him, but, as I said before, and I’ll repeat it, in my opinion they are nowhere near the valuation which I consider Grant Hanley to be.”
That’s simply Owen Coyle trying to get as much as he can for one of his best players, whom he doesn’t want to lose.
But we wonder how short Newcastle are if we did bid £4.5M – it cannot be that much surely?
Some reports suggest Blackburn want £6M for the player.