There was news today that Newcastle are likely to move in with a third offer for Blackburn center-back Grant Hanley, after two previous bids had failed.
But there is news tonight that maybe Newcastle have given up on the 24 year-old Scottish International, who Blackburn manager Owen Coyle seems unwilling to sell.
It seems that Sheffield Wednesday have entered the fray and are also vying for the 23 times capped International, but it could be that Rafa has decided to move on to other targets, with Blackburn continuing to play hardball with their captain.
Grant Hanley – have Newcastle given up the ghost on this 24 year-old?
Blackburn are said to rate Hanley at around £6M and Newcastle have reportedly already offered £4.5M, so we are not too far away from Rover’s valuation on the player.
But this deal has been dragging on for over a week now and it would not surprise us too much if Rafa has decided to move on to other targets.
Rafa allowed Fabricio Coloccini to leave the club last week to join San Lorenzo and he has not yet been replaced the former Argentine International and it could be that Rafa thinks we need a new center-back brought in rather quickly.
Middlesbrough’s Daniel Ayala has been a target and Rafa signed for Liverpool when he was an 16 year-old youngster from Sevilla back in 2007.
But he’s rated at around £15M with only one year left on his contract with the Smoggies – and if he doesn’t sign a new deal he could become a free agent next summer.
Newcastle have been linked with 24 year-old QPR center-back Steven Caulker who may be more expensive than Hanley and Tom Lees of Sheffield Wednesday is another player whose name is now being linked with Newcastle.
Lees is 24 and joined Wednesday two years ago from Leeds United and has played 6 times for the England U21 side.
Over the last two seasons has played 91 times for Wednesday with 3 goals and in the three seasons before that he played 135 times for Leeds United – most of those in the Championship.
So that’s 226 appearances for Tom over the last five seasons with 202 of those being in the Championship.
Burnley are also said to be looking at Lees with their excellent 23 year-old center-back Michael Keene possibly leaving the club this summer with Leicester one club interested in signing him.
We have also been linked with Derby County’s Richard Keogh in the past and he played well for Ireland in the Euro 2016 Championships in France and Newcastle could have him in their sights too.
What do you think?