Newcastle United have approached Blackburn Rovers for Grant Hanley.

The Chronicle say that their information is that Newcastle made their move this week and that the player is up for the move but it is now down to whether Blackburn are willing to sell and at what price.

The inevitable departure of Coloccini at last happened this week, leaving Newcastle with only two specialist first team centre-backs in Mbemba and Lascelles.

A number of potential new signings have been touted, including Watford’s Craig Cathcart and Bristol City’s Aden Flint earlier today.

The 6ft 3 Grant Hanley is an international team-mate of Matt Ritchie and is currently captain of Blackburn, so it looks unlikely the Lancashire club were desperate to sell the centre-back.

With Jesus Gamez expected to arrive on Tyneside for his medical today, a successful move for Grant Hanley could see five new signings involved in the pre-season training camp over in County Kildare – the week-long stay starting this Saturday.

It was two weeks ago when there was the first claimed Newcastle interest in Grant Hanley.

25 June 2016 on The Mag:

‘Which maybe gives a little bit more credibility when Newcastle are said to be interested in players such as midfielder Danny Williams of Reading, or central defender Grant Hanley.

Hanley is the latest to be linked and on the basic facts/stats he looks like a solid Championship player, a bit like Williams, but is he any better than what Newcastle have got and if not, would he/they be happy to be squad players?

Blackburn fans appear to rate Grant Hanley as one of their best players and the 24 year old has got 23 caps for Scotland which suggests he is at least of a certain level.

However, it would all appear to rest on just how much Rafa Benitez rates his current players (depending on who will leave as well…), if he is to look to buy players to come automatically into the first team.’