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29th Aug, 2017 | 11:59am

Newcastle set to offload 2016 signing as English club plot last-gasp swoop - reliable journalist

By Abigail Withey 

Newcastle United’s centre-back, Grant Hanley, has attracted interest from the club’s former Championship rivals Norwich City, according to a reliable journalist.

Lee Ryder, the chief sports writer for the Chronicle and multimedia journalist for the Tyneside club, has revealed that the 25-year-old is “wanted” by the Canaries.

The journalist claims on his personal Twitter account that while the East Anglian side have their eye on the defender the Magpies are keen to offload him before deadline day in order to “clear squad space”.

Hanley moved to St. James’ Park last summer from Blackburn Rovers in a deal worth close to £6 million.

However, the defender failed to nail a spot in the first team, and ended up making just 16 appearances over their previous season.

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Since being promoted to the Premier League the Scotland international hasn’t made a single appearance for the Toons and has been left out of the squad for the club’s opening three fixtures against Tottenham, Huddersfield and West Ham.

The Scotsman featured in the Magpies squad which faced Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup last week when the side lost 3-2 after extra time.

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Rafa Benitez has seemed keen to see a number of players come in and out of the club over the summer, but has been left visibly frustrated by the lack of activity. Although Hanley featured in a number of games for the club which led to their promotion, he seems a little surplus to requirements now. The defender hasn’t featured in the top flight since he 2012 when he was with Blackburn, and his inexperience could be why Benitez is keen to see him go this week. The manager needs to act fast though as any fees secured over the coming days can be used in a last minute flurry to secure a number of new signings, like a new goalkeeper.

In other Newcastle news, fans have reacted on Twitter after the club announced that an attacker had secured a deal.

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