By Amir Mir
Blackburn Rovers boss Owen Coyle has issued a hands-off warning to Newcastle after their two bids for defender Grant Hanley were rejected.
Blackburn have knocked back bids of £3.5million and £4.5million for the Scotland international who has spent his entire senior career at the Ewood Park club.
Rafa Bentiez wants to make Hanley his third defensive signing of the summer after Jesus Gamez joined from Atletico Madrid on Friday and Isaac Hayden made a £2.5m move from Arsenal on Monday.
Coyle welcomes the interest in his players, but insists Hanley is not for sale as he looks to keep hold of his star man.
“Number one, I don’t want to be selling Grant Hanley. I’ll say that openly,” Coyle told the Lancashire Telegraph. “But obviously we can’t stops clubs from admiring our players. It’s the same with me. I admire players at other clubs and you go after them.”
Scotland international Hanley has 23 caps and has made 183 league appearances for Blackburn, where he is currently their captain.
His manager did hint that a higher offer from the north east club could persuade the Blackburn hierarchy to accept an offer for the clubs captain.
“But what I would also say is about Grant Hanley’s valuation as a player. I hold him in a very high esteem. I think he is a very, very good player,” said Coyle.
“And I think it’s fair to say, in my own opinion, they are nowhere near the valuation of Grant Hanley, I don’t want to lose him.”
As reported by Football Insider, Arsenal academy graduate Hayden has made a switch to St James’ Park as Bentiez prepares to guide the club to instant promotion after relegation last term.
The former Real Madrid manager will be hoping to add Hanley to his squad, but Coyle who joined Blackburn this summer would want his captain by his side as the former Burnley boss prepares for the Championship season.
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