We are hopeful that Newcastle can make another signing in the next day or two and let’s hope it’s Grant Hanley from Blackburn, as this transfer has been dragging on for some time.
And although new manager Owen Coyle understandably doesn’t want to lose one of his best players and captain, Blackburn have been in the Championship for four straight seasons now and are no longer a rich club.
Blackburn could use the cash and the chances are they will eventually accept a Newcastle offer, although as we reported last night other clubs like Norwich are also interested in him.
Grant Hanley – next signing for Newcastle?
The Chronicle is reporting today they think a new signing will be through the door soon and that new signing is Grant Hanley.
The advantage Newcastle have over the other clubs wanting to sign the Scottish International is that Grant is keen to join Newcastle and Rafa Benitez.
So if Blackburn do sell soon then hopefully he will become a welcome addition to the Newcastle squad.
This is what Owen Coyle has said in the Lancashire Telegraph today:
“I don’t think Newcastle are the only club who are admirers of Grant.”
“I can’t do anything about that. All I can do is pass my football opinion on to the owners. I’ve said that I don’t want to lose Grant Hanley.”
“Clubs keep knocking at our door and making offers. Newcastle have made the offers but a couple of other clubs have intimated they are very interested.”
“If those offers come in, we’ll have a look at them as a club, and it will be up to the owners to decide if they’re going to take them.”
“I’ll just control what I control and take it from there.” “The speculation was nothing to do with Grant missing the games.”
“He’s tweaked his knee. He worked really hard on Thursday and we thought if he came through Friday’s training then great.”
“He did that, but he felt a little reaction and because of that we thought it would be folly to take any chances today.”
“Hopefully he can come in on Monday, get up and running, and we’ll take it from there.”
Blackburn seem to have upped their valuation of their captain from £6M to £8M in a few days, but it Newcastle are smart we’ll pay that fee for Grant – he’s worth it.
And we shouldn’t be pinching pennies too much either, but rather think of the £150M we could get every season if we are promoted back to the Premier League next May.
Another one or two million for Grant is small potatoes when you look at the big picture.