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21st Jul, 2016 | 2:28pm

Done deal: Newcastle complete their sixth summer signing with £5.5m defender

By Harvey Byrne

Newcastle have completed their sixth summer signing with defender Grant Hanley completing a medical at the Magpies.

The Magpies have announced on their Twitter account that the 24-year-old centre-back has become their sixth summer signing, penning a five-year deal.

Newcastle had several offers for the defender rejected by his former club, as Blackburn were understood to be holding out for £8million for the player.

However, Sky Sports reported on their website on Wednesday that a fee of £5.5million had been agreed between the two clubs and that he would travel to Tyneside for a medical.

Former Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez was on the lookout for new defenders after the departures of long-serving centre-backs Fabio Coloccini and Steven Taylor from the club this summer.

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It is believed that the Spanish boss pinpointed Hanley as one of the players to replace the two outgoing stars.

Benitez will hope that the centre-back can settle into the squad quickly with Newcastle travelling to Fulham on August 5 for their first match of the season.

The Spanish boss has moved fast this summer in a bid to turn around the club’s fortunes, as he has also completed the signings of defensive duo Matz Sels and Jesus Gamez, as well as Isaac Hayden, Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle further up the pitch.

In other Newcastle transfer news, Georginio Wijnaldum appeared to wave goodbye to Toon fans after a friendly on Wednesday night.