25-year-old Newcastle player among three targets for British manager - report
By Harvey Byrne
Newcastle defender Grant Hanley is a target for Wolves boss Paul Lambert, according to a report.
The Telegraph have reported on Thursday that the 25-year-old summer centre-back signing is on a list of targets for the Scotsman, which also includes Leicester midfielder Tom Lawrence and Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham.
However, the report also claims that the 47-year-old manager is considering quitting the club amid concerns over the Midlands side’s transfer policy.
It is believed Lambert wants to bring in a core of British players this summer after previous boss Walter Zenga’s failed attempts at buying from around Europe.
However, agent Jorge Mendes also has close links to Wolves owners Fosun and it is believed that he will be handling all player recruitment this summer.
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This has understandably left Lambert questioning his position at Wolves following his appointment in November which saw him keep the club up comfortably in 15th place.
Meanwhile, Hanley has a difficult debut season at Newcastle following his move from Blackburn last summer.
The 27-time Scotland international played just 10 Championship games for the title winners and with the step up to the Premier League it is likely his game time will become even more limited.
Football Insider verdict:
Hanley is definitely surplus to requirements at Newcastle and if the situation at Wolves sorts itself out then the Toon should certainly consider allowing him to leave the club. The Scotsman is not a player who can help the club break back into the top 10 of the Premier League table and Rafa Benitez will surely look to improve his back four this summer in an attempt to do so. Hanley was brought in when the club was looking to break back into the top-flight and his contributions were limited when the club were in that mindset. Therefore, Newcastle should definitely look to sell him this summer for an acceptable price.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the Toon are plotting a raid for this £6million-rated 18-year-old.