Newcastle Target Reported Keen To Join Rafa On Tyneside

There was news last night that Newcastle would go in with a third bid for Blackburn Rovers center-back and captain Grant Hanley – and hopefully the Magpies can be third time lucky this time and get the bid accepted.

Newcastle have had bids of £3.5M and £4.5M rejected so far by the Lancashire club and yes – the Magpies will go back in with a bid £1M more than the last one at £5.5M, according to several reports yesterday.

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Grant Hanley – keen to join Newcastle

And further news this morning that Grant seems to be rather keen to join Rafa’s revolution on Tyneside and he will now seek talks with manager Owen Coyle, after Rovers have flatly rejected the two bids from Benitez for his services.

Hanley is reported to be watching events rather closely and it seems a pity we couldn’t have signed him earlier this week and had him join the first team squad in County Kildare in Ireland.

But Blackburn Rovers want to hold out for as much money as they can for their highly-rated Scottish captain.

But that could also be dangerous with Rafa Benitez having other center-back targets already lined up that he could turn to and give up on Hanley.

And that’s probably what Grant is concerned about, with reports the 23 times capped Scottish International is keen to join Rafa on Tyneside.

We may even hear something on this potential deal today, with Newcastle keen to end the impasse and get Hanley on  Tyneside.

Not only is the 24 year-old a very good player with massive Championship experience, but he also has great leaderships skills – something that’s been in short supply in the Newcastle squad over the last few years.

This is the first deal that seems to being held up as the other five deals seems to have gone fairly smoothly, as far as we can tell.

Newcastle have already signed Matz Sels, Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie (a team-mate of Hanley’s on the Scotland side), Jesus Gamez and Isaac Hayden in the last two weeks for a gross amount of about £30M.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • jib follower

    Jul 13, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #1

    All he has to do is demand to come here

  • martoon

    Jul 13, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #2

    jib follower – great name Lol 🙂
    Who are you really?

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 13, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #3


    It’s probably jail for ashley.

    Ha ha ha

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 13, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #4

    Sorry jib follower that was below the belt.

    Ha ha ha

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 13, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #5

    I wish the club would hurry up and just make a frigging bid for Hanley.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 13, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #6

    Bet nothing will happen until Benitez comes back from Ireland.

  • expatmag

    Jul 13, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #7


    They have…two in fact… both turned diwn

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 13, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #8


    I know they have made 2 bids mate, I’m on about this 3rd we suppose to be doing, we knew Sunday about the two bids and it’s now Wednesday, how long does it take to make a bid.

  • lesh

    Jul 13, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #9


    Rafa’s not around to get Charnley by the throat so I guess he’s showing Ashley what a clever little dumpling he is by playing tight wad.

    Rafa needs to get on the phone and threaten him with entering him in the next bull run!

    Get a move on Charnley, just do as you’re told and get Hanley in, pronto!

  • nufc 11

    Jul 14, 2016 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #10

    They would piss

  • nufc 11

    Jul 14, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #11

    They would piss 5 million away on saviet yet squabble over a 1 on Hanley doesn’t make sense maybe if he was French eh?


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