A few days ago a fee of £35M was put on the head of Moussa Sissoko – supposedly by Newcastle United – after Moussa had two of the best games of his career for France in the semi-final and final of the European Championships.
Unfortunately France were unlucky to lose 1-0 after extra time to Portugal in the final to give the Portuguese their first ever major Championship ever.
But then when Rafa was interviewed on Tuesday of this week on nufcTV in Ireland he said there was no fee put on Moussa’s head because he simply didn’t want to sell him.
Grant Hanley in Scotland’s colors
But it seems like Blackburn manager Owen Coyle has picked up on the £35M fee and is suggesting that Hanley is therefore worth a lot more than the £4.5M fee Newcastle have offered.
This is what Owen Coyle has recently said about his captain Grant Hanley and Newcastle’s latest £4.5M bid for him:
“For me, that is nowhere near the valuation of Grant Hanley.
“We don’t want to lose him, we’re not trying to sell him and nobody here is saying ‘bring me bids.’”
“I can’t stop other clubs from admiring our players, because I do it with other clubs myself.”
“I’ve seen the other day I think Newcastle were at £35M for Moussa Sissoko, and he is an outstanding player, but please don’t then offer me £4.5M for Grant.”
The news is that Blackburn want £6M for Hanley but that doesn’t sound as if that would be enough – given what Coyle has said above.
Owen’s probably looking for closer to £10M and Newcastle are unlikely to want to pay that, especially if we went in with an initial bid of just £3.5M.
If we were to hazard a guess we would say Newcastle will not be able to sign Hanley because Blackburn will want too much for him.
That maybe why we have been linked with a few other center-backs today including 31 year-old Fulham center-back Fernando Amorebieta and 23-year-old Serie A Swedish center-back Filip Helander from Italian club Hellas Verona.
What may possibly help Newcastle is that Hanley is said to be very keen to move to Tyneside and work under manager Rafa Benitez.
We should have an answer on whether Newcastle will be signing Hanley within 48 hours at most.