Newcastle fans are far from convinced as report links them with Blackburn defender Grant Hanley

Grant Hanley of Blackburn Rovers

The Magpies have allegedly enquired about signing the Rovers captain.

Grant Hanley of Blackburn Rovers

Newcastle United's summer transfer business is gathering pace, but Magpies supporters are divided on the latest report that the club have enquired about Blackburn Rovers captain Grant Hanley.

Rafael Benitez has already added a goalkeeper, a winger, and a striker this window but desperately needs to strengthen his defence after seeing Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini leave already this summer.

Whilst a deal for Atletico Madrid man Jesus Gamez appears to be moving towards completion, the Magpies have apparently looked closer to home and have made contact with Blackburn about bringing Hanley to St. James' Park.

The 24-year-old Scottish international is no glamour signing, but would bring a wealth of experience to the relegated club having made 200 appearances for Rovers already in his career.

Hanley has the advantage of having played for four years as a regular in the Championship for Rovers, and has been club captain for the last two and a half of those.

Grant Hanley celebrates after scoring the third goal for Blackburn

He will bring leadership to the Magpies backline, something which is sorely missing with first-choice pair Jamaal Lascelles and Chancel Mbemba, who are just 22 and 21 respectively.

However, it appears as though the opinions of Newcastle fans on the potential signing of Hanley are rather mixed.

Some supporters believe that it would be a good move to bring in the defender as Benitez looks to add more Championship nous and depth to his squad.

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However, others were far less convinced and questioned whether Hanley was the calibre of player needed for the club to launch a promotion push.

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Blackburn Rovers Grant Hanley and Bristol City's Lee Tomlin in action

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