Blackburn Rovers manager Owen Coyle has clearly taken issue with Newcastle United's modest offers for his captain Grant Hanley as he took a swipe at their £35 million valuation of Moussa Sissoko whilst talking to BBC Radio Lancashire.
Newcastle are attempting to sign Scotland international defender Hanley to add more Championship experience to their defence ahead of a planned promotion push this term.
The Magpies have had bids of £3.5 million and £4.5 million rejected by Rovers, who are keen to either hang on to their defensive star or get their valuation for the 24-year-old.
Coyle, who took over at Ewood Park from Paul Lambert this summer, has insisted that the Tyneside club are some way off his valuation of Hanley.
He accused Newcastle of being rather stingy in their approach for the defender, and suggested that their reported £35 million valuation of midfielder Moussa Sissoko means they have no right to chase a cut-price deal for the key Blackburn man.
Coyle told BBC Radio Lancashire: "For me, that is nowhere near the valuation of Grant Hanley.
"We don't want to lose him, we're not trying to sell him and nobody here is saying 'bring me bids. I can't stop other clubs from admiring our players because I do it with other clubs myself.
"I've seen the other day I think Newcastle were at £35 million for Moussa Sissoko, and he is an outstanding player, but please don't then offer me £4.5 million for Grant."
Newcastle have certainly not been shying away from splashing the cash this summer despite their relegation, and are thought to already have spent over £30 million on five signings, including paying £22 million for Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle.
They have already added Arsenal youngster Isaac Hayden and Atletico Madrid man Jesus Gamez to their defensive ranks, but Hanley is thought to be their final primary target in that area.