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Hanley Price Goes Up – Norwich Could Win Race For Defender

8:05 pm, Saturday, July 16th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 77 Comments

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.


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.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

77 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lesh // Jul 16, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    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!

  • 2 carl // Jul 16, 2016 at 8:24 PM


    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

  • 3 JAMSHA // Jul 16, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    would prefer some1 else some 1 like Van Beek

  • 4 JAMSHA // Jul 16, 2016 at 8:28 PM

    would prefer some1 else some 1 like sven van Beek

  • 5 JAMSHA // Jul 16, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    sven van Beek

  • 6 Our Toon // Jul 16, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    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.

  • 7 geordie157 // Jul 16, 2016 at 8:33 PM

    Move on, Duffy, Lees, Dunk all good options

  • 8 magicmac // Jul 16, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    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.

  • 9 Toonfan8 // Jul 16, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    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.

  • 10 Belfast // Jul 16, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    Forget about it not worth it.

  • 11 Our Toon // Jul 16, 2016 at 8:36 PM

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

  • 12 Bobbybee // Jul 16, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    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.

  • 13 carl // Jul 16, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    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 !

  • 14 Novocastrian66 // Jul 16, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    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.

  • 15 Back Door Man // Jul 16, 2016 at 8:52 PM

    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.

  • 16 carl // Jul 16, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    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.

  • 17 carl // Jul 16, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    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.

  • 18 Bobbybee // Jul 16, 2016 at 9:17 PM

    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. 😉

  • 19 Jail for Ashley // Jul 16, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    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.

  • 20 Jail for Ashley // Jul 16, 2016 at 9:37 PM

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

  • 21 welshgeordie9 // Jul 16, 2016 at 9:58 PM

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

  • 22 Bobbybee // Jul 16, 2016 at 10:17 PM

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

  • 23 Tsunki // Jul 16, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    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?

  • 24 Tsunki // Jul 16, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    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.

  • 25 Tsunki // Jul 16, 2016 at 10:21 PM

    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.

  • 26 Bobbybee // Jul 16, 2016 at 10:24 PM

    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. 😉

  • 27 nufc 11 // Jul 16, 2016 at 10:26 PM

    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.

  • 28 Bobbybee // Jul 16, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    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.

  • 29 Belfast // Jul 16, 2016 at 10:30 PM

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

  • 30 Bobbybee // Jul 16, 2016 at 10:32 PM

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

  • 31 jimmysmith // Jul 16, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    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.

  • 32 welshgeordie9 // Jul 16, 2016 at 10:32 PM


    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.

  • 33 welshgeordie9 // Jul 16, 2016 at 10:35 PM

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

  • 34 lesh // Jul 16, 2016 at 10:40 PM

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

  • 35 Bobbybee // Jul 16, 2016 at 10:41 PM

    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.

  • 36 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 16, 2016 at 10:41 PM

    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.

  • 37 carl // Jul 16, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    Yer right!

  • 38 lesh // Jul 16, 2016 at 10:49 PM


    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?

  • 39 jimmysmith // Jul 16, 2016 at 10:53 PM

    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.

  • 40 funlovingexpress // Jul 16, 2016 at 10:54 PM

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

    More money than sense.

  • 41 lesh // Jul 16, 2016 at 10:54 PM


    How’s tha gannin ern bonny lad?

  • 42 Bobbybee // Jul 16, 2016 at 10:55 PM

    Welshie, if you get chance, get along to a live ice hockey game mate. TV does it zero justice, it’s a game you have to be there to enjoy it. Entertainment wise, I’d put it second to football. Like i say though, and must emphasise the point, you need to be there to really enjoy it. None stop action from start to finish. Brilliant.

  • 43 jimmysmith // Jul 16, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    Auto correct turns “and most” into “animist”, as if the word rolls readily off every one’s tongue. I really hate auto correct, but my brain’s too feeble to figure out how to turn it off.

  • 44 welshgeordie9 // Jul 16, 2016 at 10:59 PM


    Cheers for that.

  • 45 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 16, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    welsh, you can ask me if you want to know something specifically about MLB – I know it inside out.

  • 46 Bobbybee // Jul 16, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    Lesh, I’m getting by, i thank you for your concern. I trust you yourself are thriving? Good day all round eh? 11-1 on aggregate with both sides looking well and capable. Can’t tell you how ready I am for the season to begin. Got my ticket for the vitesse game, which will be a better pointer as to where we stand. That said, Rafa’s got them doing it his way already!

  • 47 welshgeordie9 // Jul 16, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    The overrated Frenchman

    Cheers mate, if i get stuck which i probably will, then I will ask you.

  • 48 welshgeordie9 // Jul 16, 2016 at 11:16 PM


    How high do you rate Matt Richie.

  • 49 welshgeordie9 // Jul 16, 2016 at 11:17 PM


  • 50 welshgeordie9 // Jul 16, 2016 at 11:25 PM

    I’m all for youngsters trying impress in friendlies, would like sterry to do well, like Aarons did, apparently sterry linked up well with Ritchie on the right, If he does well and gets in to the first team squad and janmaat stays it could those two on the right and Gamez and Dummett on the left, plus Haidara and mababu, just need a CB that’s the defence sorted.

  • 51 Bobbybee // Jul 16, 2016 at 11:38 PM

    Welshie, i rate him alongside Andros Townsend, which is canny high like. He’s an ideal replacement. Likes to go past people and get in a cross/shot asap. We’re building a very exciting young side there and it keeps gettingvbetter.

  • 52 Bobbybee // Jul 16, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    Well, time for bed i reckon – or a quick look through you tube first. Enjoy your evening and be nice to each other.

  • 53 expatmag // Jul 17, 2016 at 1:24 AM

    carl @2

    What are you on about now, you dope?

  • 54 Ron Knee // Jul 17, 2016 at 6:01 AM

    The goals from the Darlington match yesterday:

  • 55 Jail for Ashley // Jul 17, 2016 at 6:10 AM

    More double standards from blog hypocrite bobbybee, he’s like a viz character.Double standard Berb.

  • 56 Jib // Jul 17, 2016 at 6:20 AM

    This kid is probably why Rafa will not play an inflated price to greedy bugger Owen Coyle.
    He’s probably going to go for an older signing that is good for a couple of seasons.

  • 57 Jib // Jul 17, 2016 at 6:49 AM

    pay even

  • 58 carl // Jul 17, 2016 at 7:06 AM

    It’s bad enough that you write the drivel!! You are the very stereotype of the “not engaging the brain before you type, type tripe” – geddit.

    It’s never a good idea to resort to insults when you screw up.
    I realise I am wasting my time putting your hat on straight.

    You were attempting to be interesting by making the point of a number of players under 24. But returned to type by confusing a player who has left with one we’ve just signed who’s 26.

    Dont bother to respond as it will doubtless be all too predictable.

  • 59 Jib // Jul 17, 2016 at 7:20 AM
    N’Golo Kante’s decision to join Chelsea over Real Madrid has really shocked the Spanish media.
    Zidane and Perez know they have to strengthen their midfield – names bandied about range from Marco Veratti or Radja Nainggolan at the top end to Lucas Leiva or John Obi Mikel at the older end.
    However heading the list is Moussa Sissoko at a price reckoned to be €45 million.
    Rafa cannot knock back that sort of money !

  • 60 Slank // Jul 17, 2016 at 7:22 AM

    Jib @ 56

    Every manager wants to get the best sale price possible especially when a club, with known pots of money, comes calling.

    If Owen Coyle is a greedy bugger what would you call Rafa Benetez who wants £35m for Sissoko who is acknowledged by nearly all as a player who can turn it on every now and then when he wants to and more often than not has a totally not interested demeanor ?

  • 61 Slank // Jul 17, 2016 at 7:26 AM


    Is it now £45 million.

    How greedy is Benetez adding £10 million when he knows that Real Madrid have pots of money ?

    In reality its all horse shit as what clubs value a player and what the media thinks are very often two different things.

  • 62 Jib // Jul 17, 2016 at 7:34 AM

    He’s OUR greedy bugger

  • 63 Jib // Jul 17, 2016 at 7:36 AM

    I love looking at these superstars baby faces now they’re in their 70’s.
    The daddy of them all was slain at 40 unfortunately.

  • 64 Slank // Jul 17, 2016 at 7:41 AM

    Jib @ 62


  • 65 carl // Jul 17, 2016 at 7:48 AM

    I share the view of self regulation on the blog and you buster have pushed the boundaries for far too long. The once excellent BandB was able to monitor your excesses but was driven to despair. Mr Tuff has lost the plot and just further inflames the situation.

    You behave as if you’re a popular poster. Bobby is because he is a 100% fan of our football club. He’s the sort that I enjoy interacting with at games. He is someone who has remained loyal to the football team and not a fair weather fan. Reading the blog I don’t want to have your life heralded by talk of banners that don’t materialise, your Raj and sack Llambias periods and more recently the on off saga of your “will I won’t I buy season tickets”. Zzzzzz. and the latest I can’t make the opening games because of work. It’s boring and I would prefer to read anything other than. Are you not embarrassed by the same people attempting to support the unsupportable on your behalf? As regular as clockwork you screw up and they turn up playing for the man and not the ball.

    You don’t have a season ticket for the blog because if you did the popular view would be to withdraw it. Poor Ed finds it impossible to monitor your excesses! BandB has given up. C You seem to use the blog for something that’s lacking in your life. Does it make you feel a good and worthwhile contributor to what is an excellent blog. Because Buster you’re not as evidenced by the shutdown last night when you came on the scene last night. It’s like adverts for bad breath and personal hygiene Pal. Picking on the types who you consider vulnerable or those you can for example call Ethiopians or make derogatory comments about as soon as you come on Ed’s excellent blog.

    The solution. Change or do us all a favour and stay away permanently. Stay away. In your absence the blog was an enjoyable read. You come on just looking for trouble. You serve merely to sidetrack those who want to enjoy a football chat or read. You drove me away.and countless others who don’t want the hassle.

  • 66 Jib // Jul 17, 2016 at 7:55 AM

    “Jail for Ashley – you behave as if you’re a popular poster.”

    nail on head

  • 67 hibbitt // Jul 17, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    what a condescending dickhead you are

  • 68 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 17, 2016 at 8:05 AM

    On the topic of Grant Hanley I never thought he was an overly great player and for that kind of money we can get a better homegrown option or even a decent foreign buy.

    Regardless, I’d be looking to start Lascelles and Mbemba as our starting CB pairing unless Rafa is seeking to offload Tiote and use Mbema CDM. I can’t imagine he’s seeking another CB simply for competition.

    Would love to see Dunk or Lees make the move to Tyneside, both know the division well and would be relatively cheaper than Hanley.

    Good result yesterday as well, cracking goal from Ritchie, sign of things to come I hope though I still would let Gini and Thauvin leave.

  • 69 BandB // Jul 17, 2016 at 8:09 AM


    The reason I have given up is that some posters never change. They write the same things over and over and over and over again and never get bored with doing it.
    Rather than seeing the blog as relying on a sparky exchange of views to make it readable, there are a handful who simply want to preach to the converted a deselect anyone who disagrees. They aren’t interested in a healthy broad-church blog. Its a threatening, entryist environment with people singled out for language that would get the user arrested in the street.
    And it like fighting the many-headed hydra.
    You chop off one head and two grown in its place.
    The blog is like the Labour Party, riddled with determined monomaniacs and abandoned by even the most resilient. And you are pretty close to the top of the charge sheet.
    I notice the shared “once excellent” and “lost the plot” memes that’s being pushed in my absence. What creeps.
    You didn’t see my off. You didn’t collectively land a single shot in four years and you never would have.
    I’m just bored, and know that if one has nothing new to say, one should say nothing. A lesson you in particular would benefit from learn from.
    By ll means have the last word. Knock yourself out. Jail’s problem is that he actually gives a hoot what you think.

  • 70 carl // Jul 17, 2016 at 8:10 AM

    As I said last night Lees would be a good choice. But why would Wednesday sell ?

  • 71 Jib // Jul 17, 2016 at 8:12 AM

    I think the new kid from Arsenal – Isaac Hayden may well be Tiote’s replacement.

  • 72 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    Stick to football talk, and most posters will do it. Continue to antagonise people – which you do on both your first and latest (65 as I type this) and it will serve nothing more than to continue to cause disruption.

    Highly hypocritical of you to condemn others on their non footballing posts when half of the time you just continue the same issues by insulting other posters.

    As for Jail, whenever I have discussions with him it is always on football. I’m happy chatting with anyone on here on football, and Jail definitely does that. You have severe delusions of grandeur that people think your posts are genuinely of greater interest to everyone than other peoples.

    I don’t often get involved in this sort of thing on the blog, but frankly whenever I log on at the moment, you are just as bad as any other poster for dishing out insults, condescending posts, or non football posts generally sticking up for some posters and generally accusing other posters. The reality is you and your ‘better’ posters do just as much as those you accuse.

  • 73 Munster Mag // Jul 17, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    Sadly missed the match because of a fundraiser i had committed to. So no i have sunburn and a hangover .i was kept up to date by a good toon irish buddy. Delighted to win so well and p!eased we are not traipsing around colorado or somewhere with Tufty saying how “triffic” we were losing to the Denver Doughnuts.mind u we were all talking this time last year re how the style of play had changed and how anita was coming deep to get the ball from the keeper etc. Next thing: judge me after 10 games.its so good to have rafa and a more ambitious and chastened ashley now. Surprised carr and beardo etc were retained but if we get 35 mill for sissoko i will have to thank carr publicly. It was certainly great work by him

  • 74 carl // Jul 17, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    I saw it as being brave rather than condescending. Saying something that most thought was long overdue. Ed has a hopeless task monitoring, moderating etc he is loathe to banish those that have been long term contributors.Some of us have to sit in Judgement or the blog descends into the chaos of the past.

  • 75 Munster Mag // Jul 17, 2016 at 8:20 AM

    Good point Lil . Come on guys. The personal stuff is boring us witless.

  • 76 Jib // Jul 17, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    I wonder if McClaren regrets being so tentative now ?

    If he had been more assertive and rattled a few cages he would have been no worse off and perhaps a lot better off now.

    As ever hindsight is a wonderful thing

  • 77 carl // Jul 17, 2016 at 8:26 AM

    I suspect you are ill informed on this one. Which I confess is unusual for you. However, you rarely if ever come on the blog in the evening and many don’t simply because of certain posters being offensive.
    Statistically and Increasingly more an more posters now read rather than ever post. As I said self regulation in the long term will preserve what is an excellent football blog.

    For your information my first post was addressing a factual error- football related.

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