Report: Newcastle line up fresh £5.5m move for Grant Hanley

Blackburn's Grant Hanley

Newcastle United are keen on signing Blackburn Rovers defender Grant Hanley.

Blackburn's Grant Hanley

According to the Daily Mail (live transfer thread, July 12th 2016 at 16:30), Newcastle United are lining up a fresh £5.5 million move for Grant Hanley.

The report claims that Blackburn Rovers are trying to hold for £6 million for the defender, but the are seemingly resigned to losing him as Hanley is keen on a switch to St. James’ Park.

The Magpies have been busy in the transfer market this summer, bolstering their attacking options with the additons of Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie - the latter a replacement for Andros Townsend.

Blackburn Rovers Grant Hanley

Now, boss Rafa Benitez is keen to reinforce his defence following the departures of Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini, and Blackburn Rovers’ Hanley is seemingly the Spaniard’s top choice.

The Scotland international joined Rovers a youth team player from Rangers back in 2008, and during his time at Ewood Park he has made over 180 league appearances with the majority at Championship level.

Grant Hanley celebrates after scoring the third goal for Blackburn

Hanley boasts plenty of experience despite still only being 24, and he has all the attributes needed to play in the Premier League as Newcastle seek an immediate return to the top-flight.

The Magpies have already seen two offers for Hanley turned down, but they remain determined to get their man.

The report goes on to say that Newcastle are hopeful the latest offer will seal a deal for the Blackburn favourite, and it appears the two clubs are close to coming to an agreement.

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

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