Blackburn boss Owen Coyle has now explained the background behind the departure of Grant Hanley to Newcastle.
Saying Newcastle came back with ‘offer after offer’, Coyle said that in the end the defender simply made it clear he didn’t want to stop at Blackburn.
Instead, Grant Hanley told the club that he wanted to go and he ‘wanted that move to Newcastle’.
It is a summer of real dog eat dog, as certain Newcastle players such as Townsend, Wijnaldum and Sissoko demand moves due to Newcastle’s relegation.
Whilst Newcastle then flex their muscles when going for the likes of Grant Hanley, with Rafa Benitez making clear that he also expects further signings to be made.
The bottom line is that whether you are Newcastle United or Blackburn Rovers, you are wasting your time keeping players who don’t want to be here/there.
Fingers crossed Moussa Sissoko will soon be out of the door and Rafa can add a few more players who are itching to play at St James Park.
Owen Coyle speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph:
“It’s like anything else, we all know that Grant Hanley is a very good player and I said that we certainly didn’t want to lose any of those players.
“Newcastle were very persistent and kept coming back with offer after offer, and Grant Hanley told us that he wanted to go, that he wanted that move to Newcastle.
“As a manager, you want players who want to be at your club.
“He has been here as a kid and he’s been a very good servant to the club, and equally, Blackburn Rovers have been very good to Grant Hanley in respect of giving him his chance and looking after him with contracts through the years.
“So that’s the point it got to. It came to the offer they made and it was accepted by the owners and that’s where we are.”