A rival Manager has said that Newcastle United can’t have it both ways when it comes to the transfer market.
Blackburn have rejected out of hand two bids of £3.5m and £4.5m for Captain, Grant Hanley.
Rovers boss Owen Coyle says that these are ‘nowhere near the value of Grant Hanley’ and has made the point that Newcastle aren’t playing fair, if they think they can demand £35m for Moussa Sissoko, yet believe they can get Blackburn’s star player on the cheap.
Once again it looks like all the elements are there for a deal to happen, apart from the two clubs agreeing a fee.
Why this transfer hasn’t happened as smoothly as the likes of those for Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle and Isaac Hayden is anybody’s guess – but it looks likely that Blackburn’s poor financial state must be playing a significant part.
Those three other signings from English clubs were all from Premier League outfits who are all in strong financial positions, with no pressure to sell anybody if they choose not to.
A different matter though for Blackburn, especially if the reports are true that Grant Hanley is keen to move to Tyneside.
If Newcastle know the player wants the deal to happen and the reality is that Blackburn must know they will eventually have to sell, rather than keep an unhappy player, then all the cards are in United’s favour.
You can understand Owen Coyle’s frustration but that isn’t Newcastle’s concern, United supporters are just hoping that some club does meet the laughable £35m valuation on part-timer Moussa Sissoko and doesn’t insist on a 14 day cooling off period…
Owen Coyle speaking to BBC Radio Lancashire:
“For me that is nowhere near the value of Grant Hanley.
“We don’t want to lose him, we’re not trying to sell him and nobody here is saying ‘bring me bids’.
“ I can’t stop other clubs from admiring our players because I do it with other clubs myself.
“I saw the other day I think Newcastle were at £35 million for Moussa Sissoko and he is an outstanding player…but please don’t then offer me £4.5 million for Grant.”