Hanley Price Goes Up – Norwich Could Win Race For Defender


The saga of trying to get Grant Hanley from Blackburn Rovers to Newcastle goes on …….  and on ……. and on.

We were first linked strongly with Hanley back on June 23rd when it was reported via several different sources that Newcastle were the favorites to sign the 24 year-old.

Fast forward over three weeks and we are still pursuing the Scottish International and now  Norwich have joined the race and it seems that Blackburn have raised the price of their captain – and not for the first time.

Newcastle first bid was £3.5 then £4.5M for the Blackburn captain and then after both bids were turned down the price on Grant’s head was said to be £6M a few days ago.

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Grant Hanley – Norwich could sing the center-back

It seems that Newcastle have gone back in with a £5.5M bid for the Scottish International, but it seems Norwich have become very keen on the central defender and are reported to have quickly matched Newcastle’s bid.

But the Mail is now reporting that Blackburn Rovers want £8M for their central defender, which is more than twice Newcastle’s first bid.

After three failed bids it’s a good question if Newcastle will keep trying or simply turn away and try to sign another center-back.

Hanley again did not see any playing time for  Blackburn in their hour-long friendly games with Morecambe and Bury today and that was due to the slight knee injury he is said to have picked up some days ago while training in Austria with the Blackburn squad.

There have been various reports that Newcastle have inquired about 25 year-old Tom Lees of Sheffield Wednesday, who we have been linked with since last October.

Newcastle have also recently been linked with Fulham’s 31 year-old  Venezuelan International defender Fernando Amorebieta, who we reported on a couple of days ago.

Newcastle need a center-back brought in quickly and at least from the outside there doesn’t seem to have been too much progress made on trying to get Hanley to Tyneside over the last week or so.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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77 comments so far

  • lesh

    Jul 16, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #1

    There they go. We could’ve had the lad for £6m but Charnley’s fannied on in Rafa’s absence and now it’s £8m.

    When the cat’s away comes to mind!

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  • carl

    Jul 16, 2016 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #2

    Lesh

    Don’t let the absence of any facts to substantiate your claim, get in the way of a good story, which will doubtless meet with approval in some quarters.

    Likewise expatmag

    Ritchie is 26 . You’re confusing him with Townsend who is 24

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  • JAMSHA

    Jul 16, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #3

    would prefer some1 else some 1 like Van Beek

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  • JAMSHA

    Jul 16, 2016 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #4

    would prefer some1 else some 1 like sven van Beek

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  • JAMSHA

    Jul 16, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #5

    sven van Beek

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 16, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #6

    Glad we are missing out on Hanley, the lad is a donkey. He’s not worth that price and we shouldn’t be held to ransom even if it’s 1m short of asking price.

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  • geordie157

    Jul 16, 2016 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #7

    Move on, Duffy, Lees, Dunk all good options

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  • magicmac

    Jul 16, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #8

    Lesh i quite agree with your comments, if Rafa had been in England for the last week, and not in Ireland training the squad, then Grant Hanley would have been signed and sealed for sure, i honestly can not understand how Charnley, and that other clown Carr are still employed by Newcastle, as it was those 2 brain dead clowns that took us into the championship, as they simply dont have a clue about football, and wasted millions on crap players, and a joke of a manager the wally with the brolly, i know i speak with confidence, when i say the vast amount of Newcastle Fans, would like to see those to clowns out of our great club. HWTL.

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  • Toonfan8

    Jul 16, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #9

    We should bring someone like Willo, who is available, always does his best and isnt unhappy on the bench as we would like to play with jammal and chancel as our first choice cb…dummett, willo should be decent back up, maybee one more, but gamez, hayden and janmaat can play cb too.

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  • Belfast

    Jul 16, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #10

    Forget about it not worth it.

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 16, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #11

    Have people seen Hanley play? The bloke is slow, not very mobile and has more than 1 mistake in him per game.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 16, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #12

    Personally I’d go for Dunk and try to get Knockeart thrown into any deal. From the bits n bobs i managed to watch we were comfortable with either set of players on the pitch and had the game completely under control – as we should have. We don’t need to get drawn into a bidding war because Hanley wants to come. Final offer or move on, but Dunk is the better option imo.

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  • carl

    Jul 16, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #13

    Tom Lees was outstanding for Wednesday when I watched him on television. Particularly towards the end of the season when the pressure was on in play offs.
    But why would Wednesday want to sell him to a rival. They harbour ambition too !

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jul 16, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #14

    Lesh & magicmac; what a load of horse manure. You go on as though Ireland is the dark side of the moon. I’m sure Rafa is well aware of what is going on. Also if a deal goes through its down to Rafa and if it stalls it’s because Charnley is incompetent. Howay man.

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  • Back Door Man

    Jul 16, 2016 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #15

    It’s always been a bit of a mystery to me why certain (the same) players repeatedly get injured whilst training.  Yep, I understand the risk of collision injuries in practice games but in recent times there seems to be a spate of tendon/ligament/ muscle strains.

    Have these same players been advised and then compelled to follow warm-up procedures before vigorous exercise/training?  Have they been advised and compelled to avoid ‘over-stretching’, behaviour which will often result in soft tissue tearing?  Have the dietitions and physios advised and instigated the correct body building regimes for those more at risk to soft-tissue injuries?  Oh, and I don’t mean Obertanesque upper-body bench pressing!

    I would hope that Señor Rafael Benítez Maudes (due to popular demand I’ve temporarily suspended using the affectionately meant Manuel) new routines will mean only those clattered by beefy fullbacks in the Championship end up being prodded by the quacks in the treatment room.

    Mind, for a moment today I thought Aarons might have ignored good advice and crocked himself again … perhaps he was out on the razz last night.

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  • carl

    Jul 16, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #16

    Bobby
    How are you? I enjoyed reading your published letter on Adam Armstrong , around a week ago and it makes a whole lot of sense going forward. Nothing is resolved at this juncture but it’s a long season and circumstances change.

    I can’t get too excited with pre season games against the level of today’s opposition. It’s really just about getting match fit over a period of time and for Benitez to try out a few varied combinations and tactics. I hope we’re going to reach a stage when we can feel we’ve got a settled squad to take into the Championship season. Watford seem to be out of the market for Janmaat.

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  • carl

    Jul 16, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #17

    Novo
    Pink Floyd.. They are a couple of dinosaurs living in the dark ages. My reading of the situation is that Benitez has bigger fish to reel in and doesn’t want to be seen paying way over the odds at this juncture as it could impact on transfer fees going forward. By all accounts Charnley is doing a good job and Benitez is happy in the way things are unfolding. It’s a new order folks.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 16, 2016 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #18

    Carl, these games are purely for fitness purposes and teamwork and so far so good. We looked like a team today, despite wholesale changes. Sadly Arma is injured and I’ve no idea how long it’ll take him to get fit. I trust Rafa to recognise what he’s got there and even if he’s not had chance to prove himself and goes on loan for six more months, it’s only a matter of time before he starts for us and scores goals. Clearly the most gifted finisher in our squad by a mile. I expect Rafa to improve his game as well, so the finished product will be exciting beyond what it is now. Even without Sissoko and Gini we’d still have enough to come back up. This season will be brilliant, regardless of what division we’re in. It won’t be easy, but we’ve got the talent to make it. Counting the days down now. 😉

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 16, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #19

    Are people honestly blaming Rafa being in Ireland on our not signing Hanley, we live in an age where an image can be beamed back from Mars in no time at all and Rafa is across the Irish sea.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 16, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #20

    A fairly unprovoked attack by blog do gooder Jibberish on the last thread, what was that all about.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 16, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #21

    Anyone know the rules to Major League Baseball, so confusing.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 16, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #22

    No one cares. An unprovoked attack by jibberish. Which is, of course, an unprovoked attack on jib. Ever thought of taking up comedy writing? 😉

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 16, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #23

    Considering what Leicester paid for him £30m is a nice turnover for Kante. We just need some similar offers for Moussa then we can fill our boots with middling French players… oh..wait…we don’t do that now do we?

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 16, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #24

    Jail – unprovoked attack you say? He usually gets a bit brave when he’s fairly certain his intended insultee looks like they aren’t about.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 16, 2016 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #25

    I know the pic does him few favours but the Hanley lad certainly looks like a pub player who usually spends his working days as a brickies mate, 40 a day, six pints after a shift type.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 16, 2016 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #26

    Welshie, never got the point of the game, let alone the rules matey! 😉 Observe the crowd during the game mate and you’ll notice that nobody is watching. The background chatter has nothing in relation to the game. I’ve often thought T20 cricket might appeal to the yanks, because rounders just doesn’t quite cut it, does it? Then their football! What a cheek – they never hardly kick the egg shaped thing. Different strokes for different folks, but it’s surely only a matter of time before real football takes over in the USA. 😉

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  • nufc 11

    Jul 16, 2016 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #27

    Shane Duffy mopped up after him time and time again last season without him he wouldn’t have got player of the season Duffy would be half the money of Hanley and offers better potential.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 16, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #28

    Welshie, maybe one of our American friends can explain it better. I’ve always wondered if you score only by running round in one blow, or can you score by creeping round one stage at a time. That said, give me T20 any time.

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  • Belfast

    Jul 16, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #29

    He would be a great model for the one punch can kill adverts skunki.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 16, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #30

    Tsunki, looks like a drinking partner of Billy Whitehirst. Scary partnership! 😉

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  • jimmysmith

    Jul 16, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #31

    Ritchie, Gayle and Aarons look exciting options for us this season up front, even Thauvin, if he’s toughened up a little, and added to a collection of forwards that really are far too good for the Championship, we look likely to score a packet. I think we are only a cb away from a fantastic squad, even if we do lose Moussa, although losing Widjnaldum as well would be quite a blow, and bring us back closer to the hard chasing pack, and that does concern me, as they would be far and away better than anything we’d face.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 16, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #32

    Bobbybee

    Yeah I know mate, watching it now and to me it looks like a game of rounders, bad enough trying to know the rules of American Football, watched half an hour of it the other week I give up in the end.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 16, 2016 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #33

    Thought i ask you never know someone might follow it on here.

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  • lesh

    Jul 16, 2016 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #34

    Hello carl. You seem to be in good spirit – enjoy you’re evening

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 16, 2016 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #35

    Jim, i’d settle for losing one and keeping the other. Rafa will get them playing once they accept the situation. Bear in mind however, that we played a team that had played the night before, so they were probably second string. Of course, you can only deal with what’s in front of you and the lads were very professional. Took the goals well and passed the ball nicely. Dunk would be my choice for CB as this Hanley thing is getting silly now.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 16, 2016 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #36

    welsh – baseball is a great game, much better than their football and basketball imo. You need to watch it a bit before it becomes clear I suppose. It has the same sort of nuances as cricket.

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  • carl

    Jul 16, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #37

    Lesh
    Yer right!

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  • lesh

    Jul 16, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #38

    Novo

    Fair enough but saying that Ireland’s not on the dark side of the moon’s stretching it a bit. Howay man, you’re kidding – aren’t you?

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  • jimmysmith

    Jul 16, 2016 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #39

    Gayle in particular looks a super replacement for Cisse at this level. He’s a much better and busier footballer, who only lacks perhaps in comparison in strike rate, although he’ll get his share, and so will everyone else. Our attack looks like it will be very mobile and fast, animist importantly, joined up, in a way we lacked with only Papisse and Mitro up top last year.

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  • funlovingexpress

    Jul 16, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #40

    If norwich want to pay 8 million for him then good luck to them.

    More money than sense.

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