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Newcastle Close – Need To Sign This Player Quickly

3:28 pm, Sunday, July 17th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

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.

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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.

Comments welcome.

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

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 keeleytoon // Jul 17, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    Any one seen demba ba’ leg break? Looked quite horrid!

  • 2 Novocastrian66 // Jul 17, 2016 at 3:45 PM

    Welshie; I can generally watch works of fiction, having said that Casualty gives me the jip too. That a human centerpide is just sick.
    Demba’s leg break is reality mate. Urgh.

  • 3 NUFCPaul // Jul 17, 2016 at 3:46 PM

    keeleytoon – yes, a bunch of people on here have seen it. It’s a nasty one.

  • 4 JP...from The Rock // Jul 17, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    Yeh feel sorry for Demba. Looked really painful. Don’t think that even Strawberry syrup will cheer him up right now.

  • 5 welshgeordie9 // Jul 17, 2016 at 3:58 PM


    Yeah i know, shouldn’t have mentioned human centipede they are sick films, my Mates think I’m not all there, can’t think why.

  • 6 welshgeordie9 // Jul 17, 2016 at 3:59 PM

    Still not on about Hanley, i hope this saga finishers soon.

  • 7 welshgeordie9 // Jul 17, 2016 at 4:00 PM


  • 8 welshgeordie9 // Jul 17, 2016 at 4:01 PM

    So what position did Hayden play yesterday and what formation.

  • 9 AndyMac // Jul 17, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    Didnt see the whole game WelshGeordie but judging from this he probably played at the back as there werent a great deal of options ?

    Sels (Darlow 46), Sterry (Janmaat 46), Anita (Wijnaldum 69), Mbemba (Hayden 46), Lascelles (Gámez 74), Saivet (Tiote 74), Colback (Shelvey 46), Ritchie (Thauvin 46), Gouffran (Perez 48), Aarons (Dummett 63), Mitrovic (Gayle 46).

  • 10 AndyMac // Jul 17, 2016 at 4:49 PM

    Interesting that Rafa chose Saivet to start alongside Colback. Had a good look at him as he stayed on for three quarters of the game. Looked OK with his part in the build up to Ritchie’s goal

  • 11 Blackstarbullet // Jul 17, 2016 at 6:58 PM

    Apparently Blackburn want £8m + £3m if we win promotion. Sorry guys he’s not worth that considering he won’t play every game with Mbemba Lascelles in front of him.

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