Wednesday morning saw a deal at last agreed for Grant Hanley, Blackburn accepting a reported £5.5m from Newcastle United.
This was third time lucky after bids of £3.5m and £4.5m had been rejected.
However, Blackburn boss Owen Coyle has revealed that Newcastle were not the only club to have tabled a definite offer, with Norwich City at least one who are believed to have made a bid.
Coyle though says Rafa Benitez/NUFC have been ‘quite persistent, they’ve not went away’ and that ‘sometimes money can dictate a number of things’.
In the past this kind of transfer would have been most unlikely for United, firstly the idea of going for a player already playing in England and secondly, having the willingness to continue the pursuit and raise the offer several times.
Grant Hanley was pictured (see here) on Tyneside yesterday for his medical and he is set to be Rafa’s sixth signing of the summer, just as we hear news confirmed this morning that Newcastle have agreed to sell Gini Wijnaldum to Liverpool for £25m.
Owen Coyle speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph:
“I always class it, in terms of people saying there’s somebody interested in your player, as (based) on a concrete offer, which Newcastle have made.
“They have not been the only club to make a concrete offer for Grant Hanley.
“Newcastle have been quite persistent, they’ve not went away.
“Sometimes money can dictate a number of things and, to be fair to Newcastle they have been quite vigorous.”