Tuesday morning brought news of Norwich City interest in Grant Hanley.

The Canaries having shown interest a year ago when Newcastle signed him from Blackburn.

No time to lose with only two days until the window closes and now reports from media in East Anglia (Eastern Daily Press) and beyond (Press Association, Football Insider) are reporting that a fee has been agreed between Newcastle and Norwich, with Grant Hanley said to be having his medical today (Sky Sports saying Wednesday).

Hopefully Hanley can be added to the departed de Jong and Riviere, with fingers crossed others to follow.

The Mag – Earlier Today (29 August 2017):

Grant Hanley could be on his way out of St James Park.

Rafa Benitez has managed to shift Emmanuel Riviere and Siem de Jong in recent days, with Hanley another on his hit list.

The centre-back was one of the players who weren’t even included in the public training session at St James Park 11 days ago (see below), as the United boss tries to force unwanted players out of the club.

Last summer Norwich City were competing with Newcastle for the signature of Grant Hanley and now the Chronicle say that the Canaries have registered their interest in the former Blackburn defender.

Norwich are in a bit of a mess at the minute and third from bottom, they have conceded more goals (12) than any other Championship club, so a new defensive leader needed.

Hopes of getting Grant Hanley off the wage bill looked to have crashed and burnt when Rafa Benitez protected his first team players and made 10 changes for the Forest cup match.

Not many players enhanced their reputations but Hanley was easily the worst player on the pitch, looking more like he had been on a month’s all inclusive holiday than pre-season training, he put in a dismal display as he puffed and panted chasing shadows of a Forest team who had made six changes themselves.

Fingers crossed on this one and best of luck to Norwich…

The Mag – 18 August 2017:

Thursday morning saw the annual opportunity for fans to watch the Newcastle players go through their paces in a public training session.

Falling in the school holidays, no surprise that it was kids making up a large part of the crowd that gathered at St James Park. There were varying estimates of how many actually turned up, with the club claiming 12,000, whilst Sky Sports and The Mail went with around 5,000 in attendance.

A good (free!) morning/day out anyway, though a shame that those mad, mad, days of Kevin Keegan are well in the past, when fans went along any day they fancied to watch the likes of Cole, Beardsley and the rest in their training sessions down at Maiden Castle.

As the Newcastle supporters watched the likes of new signing Joselu impressing in the sunshine, attention was also drawn to both who was AND wasn’t involved in the public training exercise.

Altogether, eight senior players were missing on Thursday morning.

Two were easily explained, with Rafa not risking DeAndre Yedlin as he makes his way back from the injury sustained in pre-season, whilst Chancel Mbemba also was absent as he had a meeting regarding visa issues.

However, there is further evidence that Rafa Benitez is really tightening the screw when it comes to trying to push unwanted players out of the door.

Tim Krul, Achraf Lazaar and Emmanuel Riviere weren’t even given squad numbers last Friday, so no surprise to see them missing out yesterday.

However, the United boss preferred to bring in Curtis Good and Macauley Gillesphey from the reserve set-up to make up the numbers, rather than involving another trio of unwanted players.

Joining Krul, Lazaar and Riviere in being frozen out, were Massadio Haidara, Grant Hanley and Jack Colback.

The transfer window closes in only 13 days time and it will be a massive negative if these half dozen unwanted players (and others….?) aren’t found new homes and Rafa fails to bring in the other signings he desperately needs.

  • TheNutJob

    Flying oot the door like schitt off a shiny shovel, bet they don`t come in as fast

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    Of all the players Rafa signed, Hanley was probably the biggest disappointment. A lot of the other outcasts were either not brought in by him (Haidara, Saivet, Riviere, De Jong, etc) or brought in to do a job a level down and then told to move along once the task was completed (Murphy, Sels, Lazaar). Hanley I always had higher hopes for, but he either completely fell apart or spent the last 4 seasons at Blackburn fooling everyone into believing he was much better than he ultimately was. Either way it’s best for all involved that he go back to the Championship.

    • Geordiegiants

      He looked on paper like he would be a decent sigining, unfortunately he is as mobile as Mitrovitic, and as fast as Slo Mo. I would say a poor buy from Rafa, but surely he was seen as championship player and nothing else. Anyway, if we get our money back then its worked out alright, unlike the rest of Carr’s misfits we cant / couldn’t move on.

      • TheNutJob

        He has yet to agree terms & that could scupper it, supposed to be on £40 grand a week here a championship side won`t pay that

        • glassjawsh-got-banned

          we did last season!

          • TheNutJob

            we had £70m in sales they haven`t

          • HarryHype59

            The wages will be a factor! He is under contract so can stay at our club if he wishes.

        • Geordiegiants

          He won’t be on 40g a week, no way on earth. He will be on big wages for a championship club though, maybe 20/30, but there is no way he will be on 40g.

  • Steve Pearce

    Wow – what will we do with the 50p we’ll get for him?

  • Peaky Magpie

    Does anyone else think the end of this transfer window is going to be like the worst Christmas ever,you go to bed wanting a new PlayStation,a new bike and a Scalextric and you end up with a green mouldy satsuma and an out of date bag of nuts ?

    • TheNutJob

      wanted a Lacoste Polo, ended up with an Everlast T shirt

      • Jimblag23

        At least it would have been 75% off at fattys shop of tat.

      • Peaky Magpie

        Ha ha I see what you did there,nice one.

      • Mike

        sports direct 2 for 1

  • heretickle

    Two questions
    1) what has Tim Krul done to be so mistreated by the club? Let him move own but treat him like a proven premier league professional.
    2) was Carr an idiot or was he just one more victim of MA’s poor man management skills? Under MA Newcastle United has been a rudderless ship. MA has used and abused players, managers, coaches, and staff. If he is dumb enough to think he knows more about foitball than Rafa, then all of his professional interactions are suspect. The question is when does the injured party leave.

    • mentalman

      Apparently Krul has lost a lot of mobility and reflexes after his lengthy injury

      • Danimal

        Happy to accept the manager’s verdict on the player but I agree it is a shame to see him being shunted out in this manner. It would be nice to send him on his way with thanks. It’s a bit like Gullit’s treatment of Rob Lee. I don’t know the story but I wonder if it’s because he didn’t fancy playing for us in the Championship last year?

        • Cuh

          He deserves a bit more respect to be honest. Look how Man city moved on Zabaleta, Kolarov

    • StevieB

      Either way we’ve left no time to “get any over the line” so it’s totally irrelevant who goes out now 😕

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  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    The clocks ticking on players coming in & there`s more life in a Tramps vest than Penfold
    Tic Toc, Tic Toc

    • HarryHype59

      I think he is acting on instructions from above!

  • Alreet

    If we get what we paid then its very good business. Hes had 2 or 3 ok games for us and that was last year.

    We need the rest off the books and fast if nothing more than to free up places and wages. A left back and attacking mid are needed. However i think ritchie or murphy need the chance as a no.10

    • HarryHype59

      Norwich have offered £3.5m, we paid £5.5m, so it is another loss for NUFC.