Report: Newcastle United are the favourites to sign Blackburn Rovers defender Grant Hanley

Blackburn's Grant Hanley

Newcastle United are the favourites to sign Grant Hanley, who has been linked with Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday.

Blackburn's Grant Hanley

Newcastle United are the short priced 2/1 favourites to sign Blackburn Rovers defender Grant Hanley with BetVictor.

Hanley has been linked with a range of Championship clubs this summer, with Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County both said to be leading the race by The Sun.

Grant Hanley of Blackburn Rovers

However, the odds suggest that Newcastle are set to beat both Wednesday and Derby to the defender.

Derby are listed as 3/1 second favourites to sign the Scotland international, while Wednesday are not even considered to be an option by the bookies.

Blackburn Rovers Grant Hanley

Interestingly, Newcastle are yet to be linked with Hanley - but the odds are an intriguing development, which could suggest that Rafael Benitez’s side would like to sign the Scotland international.

Newcastle are known to be on the look out for a centre-back, with their current defensive options looking short.

Fabricio Coloccini is expected to exit Newcastle, while Steven Taylor has already departed, leaving only Chancel Mbemba and Jamaal Lascelles competing for a place in the heart of the North East side’s defence.

Grant Hanley celebrates after scoring the third goal for Blackburn

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