Blackburn boss Owen Coyle has been speaking at length about Newcastle United’s pursuit of Grant Hanley.
United have made bids of £3.5m and then £4.5m for Blackburn’s Captain but both have been rejected.
The Rovers Manager says that even though he understands why Newcastle ‘covet’ his star player, they are ‘nowhere near the valuation’.
However, despite talking about Newcastle’s offers not meeting Blackburn’s valuation, he still claims that ‘Number one, I don’t want to be selling Grant Hanley’.
As for whether Hanley had said he wanted to leave, Owen Coyle said that is immaterial because ‘Grant Hanley is a player who is under contract at Blackburn Rovers’.
Once again it appears to be only a question of whether Newcastle are willing to come up with the right amount of money, with the signs are that the player would move and that Blackburn aren’t saying the player is going nowhere.
Owen Coyle speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph:
“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 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.