After rejecting Newcastle United bids of £3.5m and then £4.5m, Blackburn have now informed Newcastle of their price for star player and Captain Grant Hanley.
The Lancashire club want an up front payment of £6m for the central defender, with Sky Sports saying that their information is that Blackburn are also insisting on a significant bonus payment if Newcastle then go on to get promoted.
Hanley has progressed through the ranks at Rovers after joining as a 16 year old from Crewe, the transfer slightly more complicated by the fact that they will be entitled to 10% of the transfer fee after a clause was inserted eight years ago.
Whilst it is more than Newcastle originally were offering, Blackburn do appear to have accepted that they can command a higher but at the same time realistic fee, rather than basing it on the £10m+ fees United were willing to pay for Gayle and Ritchie.
With only Lascelles and Mbemba as the only current specialist centre-backs, Newcastle are in desperate need of strengthening in that position with only 25 days left until the season kicks off at Craven Cottage.
Isaac Hayden completed his transfer earlier today, so a deal for Grant Hanley would make it six incoming senior players with still over seven weeks of the transfer window remaining.
Owen Coyle speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph at the weekend:
“Number one, I don’t want to be selling Grant Hanley. I will say that openly, but obviously we can’t stop clubs from admiring our players.
“It is the same with me. I admire players at other clubs and you go after them – but what I would also say, is about Grant Hanley’s valuation as a player.
“I hold him in a very high esteem. I think he is a very, very good player, and I think it’s fair to say, in my own opinion they (Newcastle) are nowhere near the valuation of Grant Hanley.
“I do not want to lose him.”
Owen Coyle was then asked whether Grant Hanley had ‘expressed a desire’ to talk to Newcastle United:
“It is nothing to do with expressing a desire because when all is said and done, Grant Hanley is a player who is under contract at Blackburn Rovers.
“I know the way the world works when agents get to work and such forth – but all I would say is Grant Hanley is our captain and we don’t want to lose him.
“I totally understand why Newcastle covet Grant Hanley but, as I have said before, and I will repeat it, in my opinion they are nowhere near the valuation which I consider Grant Hanley to be.”
Any potential transfer is also further complicated with the fact that Crewe Alexandra are entitled to 10% of the fee after a clause was included in the deal that took Grant Hanley to Ewood Park as a 16 year old.