Report: Derby County to launch bid for Blackburn Rovers defender Grant Hanley

Derby County and Rangers have been linked with Blackburn RoversGrant Hanley.

According to page 62 in Sunday’s edition of The Sun (15/05/2016), Derby County will make a £2.5 million bid for Blackburn Rovers’ highly-rated centre-back Grant Hanley.

The paper reads: “Derby County will bid £2.5m for Blackburn skipper Grant Hanley on the recommendation of advisor Harry Redknapp. The Scotland centre-half has stayed loyal to Blackburn for eight years but could quit a club looking to cut costs and struggling to find a manager.”

The Rams look all but assured of another season in the Championship after they were heavily defeated 3-0 by Hull City in the first-leg of the playoffs at the iPro Stadium on Saturday.

Derby have been fairly solid from a defensive standpoint this season, yet beyond regular duo Richard Keogh and Jason Shackell, the club lack genuine competition for a first-team spot at centre-back.

Hanley has been one of Blackburn’s better players in an otherwise mediocre campaign for Rovers, starting 44 league games and averaging an impressive 3.5 interceptions per encounter.

His performances have attracted plenty of interest, with the Times reporting recently that Scottish Championship winners Rangers were eyeing him in a potential £3 million deal.

The Scotland international may be drawn to Rangers’ potential under boss Mark Warburton, and the Ibrox side certainly appear capable of challenging Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title next season.

But having said that, it would come as a surprise to see the 24-year-old defender return north of the border when there are seemingly plenty of intriguing options available to him in England.

Derby will make another challenge on promotion next season, and with some solid recruitment this summer they will head in to next season’s campaign as one of the favourites for the automatic places.

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