The Mail is reporting that Newcastle are lining up what will be hoped to be a third time lucky bid for Blackburn defender Grant Hanley, after the first two bids of £3.5M and £4.5M were turned down by the Lancashire club.
Over the weekend new Blackburn manager Owen Coyle made it known that the bids from Newcastle were nowhere near what the club value their captain at.
Since then the news is that they want to get £6M plus some incentive payments on top of that.
Grant Hanley – hears Newcastle calling?
The third bid is said to be £5.5M which is close to the requested fee by Blackburn and must have a good chance of being successful.
If it is not accepted then Rafa Benitez has other central defender targets lined up and he may turn to one of those if the third offer is turned down and he sees better value elsewhere.
But Hanley is Rafa’s first choice because not only is he a powerful center-back at 6ft 3ins tall, but he also a leader and newcatsle needs leaders in the team if we are to be successful and promoted this coming season.
He has also played in the Championship for the last four seasons, so he knows the league well.
Grant Hanley is also keen to join the Rafa revolution on Tyneside – the Rafalution – and Blackburn probably realize they are in a losing battle to keep their skipper.
It would be good if the deal can go through quickly and Grant can then join the training camp in Ireland, but time is running out for that to be possible.
Grant would be another very good signing for Newcastle United, if we can get him.
He would be Rafa’s sixth signing of the summer as the 56 year-old ably demonstrates this summer that he doesn’t let the grass grow under his feet.