The Scotland international looks set for a move to St James' Park.
Newcastle United look set to continue their recruitment drive this summer with the imminent transfer of Scotland international defender Grant Hanley.
The Toon have been chasing the centre-back for some time now but have struggled to come to any agreement with his current club Blackburn Rovers over a potential transfer fee for the player.
Grant Hanley celebrates after scoring the third goal for Blackburn
That has now seemingly changed, with Sky Sports reporting that Newcastle have agreed a fee of £5.5 million for the player today ahead of a potential move to St James’ Park.
BREAKING NEWS: Sky sources: Newcastle agree fee of £5.5m with Blackburn for defender Grant Hanley. #SSNHQ— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) July 20, 2016
Hanley has proven himself a top operator in the Championship and will look to partner Jamaal Lascelles or Chancel Mbemba in the Newcastle back-line – after the departures of experienced pair Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor.
Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez will also be concerned about Mbemba’s potential involvement with the DR Congo at the African Cup of Nations next year.
Newcastle's Chancel Mbemba in action
Hanley, who played 52 games last season for club and country, is now set for a medical and a discussion over personal terms.
If he does sign he will become Newcastle’s sixth signing of the summer – following on from Matz Sels, Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie, Jesus Gamez and Isaac Hayden’s signatures.