By Harvey Byrne
Newcastle are closing in on their sixth summer signing of the summer with Grant Hanley from Blackburn – and their fans took to Twitter to discuss the signing of the Scotland international.
Football Insider reported on Wednesday morning that defender Grant Hanley is close to making a move to St James’ Park.
The Magpies have had several offers for the £8million-rated defender rejected by his club, as championship rivals Norwich have alson shown interest in the player, but it is reported that the north-east club have had a breakthrough in securing the signature of their long-term target.
The Toon conceded 65 goals last term as they were relegated into the second tier of English football for the second time in seven years.
Benitez has already completed the signings of defensive duo Matz Sels and Jesus Gamez this summer, as well as Isaac Hayden, Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle further up the pitch.
Lots of Newcastle fans have reacted positively to the news of Hanley’s impending signing, as it follows a series of early signings as they look to bounce back to the Premier League at the first time.
— Craig Bryant ن (@Bryanttie) July 20, 2016
Was a watching a different Mbemba than everyone else, why are people saying Hanley can replace him?! #NUFC
— Tom Hunter (@tom_hunter98) July 20, 2016
So we signed Hanley?? Wow, #nufc keep on truckin'!
— Bjørn Westblad (@bjorwesToon) July 20, 2016
If we sign Grant Hanley and Lucas Leiva i will be an extremely happy #NUFC fan!
— Kieran Parr (@KieranParr17) July 20, 2016
Hanley isn't a starter for me but he's more than capable of stepping up when needed. Still need 1 more centre half #nufc
— Jack Booth (@jackbooth12) July 20, 2016
Hanley fee agreed now move quickly for another cb and if any 1 goes get them replaced nd I will be happy to start the season #nufc
— Paul Shiels_nufc (@PaulShiels_nufc) July 20, 2016
We've been crying out for a defender like Grant Hanley for ages! Top signing! #NUFC
— Simon Long (@slong5) July 20, 2016
— Graeme (@Biscuits1984) July 20, 2016
Hanley is happening?? #NUFC
— Jordan Taylor (@JordieT96) July 20, 2016
Not too sure about Hanley. Surely we could do better for nearly £6million? Hope to be proven wrong! #NUFC
— Dan Nicholson (@dnicholson93) July 20, 2016
Looks like Hanley is done now. I'll give him a chance under Rafa but based on his Scottish career my expectations are very low. #NUFC
— ByTheMinute NUFC (@ByTheMinNUFC) July 20, 2016