Newcastle United have had two transfer bids turned down for Grant Hanley, the 24 year old Blackburn Captain the next target for Rafa Benitez.
The Lancashire Telegraph have revealed news of the two bids as Newcastle look to add to the centre of defence, where currently only Lascelles and Mbemba are the two specialist centre-backs at the club.
Blackburn Rovers are on tour in Austria and play a friendly against SV Ried at 5pm today, so all eyes will be on whether Grant Hanley is involved.
The Lancashire Telegraph’s Paul Wheelock is on tour with Blackburn and he is the one who has broken the story revealing the offers for Hanley, the 6ft 3 defender is an international team-mate of Matt Ritchie.
Simon Garner is a Blackburn legend and this week admitted that his former club are now a selling one and not a buying one, stating that if ‘one of the bigger clubs’ come in for Grant Hanley with a significant bid, then it would be difficult for either player or club to turn it down.
It now looks as though it is simply a case of how much Blackburn can get out of Newcastle, as the player is reported to be keen on a move to Tyneside.
Simon Garner writing in the Lancashire Telegraph after the initial reports of Newcastle interest:
‘Talking of leaders, there have been a few rumours doing the rounds about a few clubs being interested in Rovers skipper Grant Hanley.
Losing him would be a big blow for the club.
There was talk in the past about him going to Fulham, but nothing came of that.
But if the money’s right for Rovers and it was one of the bigger clubs that came in for him, it would be hard for the lad to turn it down because these opportunities don’t come around too often.
Rovers are not a buying club anymore, they’re more of a selling club.
If they get talent coming through and bigger clubs come in, if the money’s right you can’t stand in the way of a player wanting to better himself.
All players want to play at the highest level they can and a club like Blackburn can’t really stop players from leaving nowadays.
Money talks in football no matter which division it is and if the money’s right and the club needs the money, like Blackburn do, they they’ll accept the fee that’s offered for him.’