By Danny Wright
Derby may be due to drop their pursuit of Newcastle defender Grant Hanley, according to a report.
The Mirror claims that Gary Rowett is instead close to capturing Hull defender Curtis Davies following the activation of a release clause in his contract.
Hanley is expected to leave Newcastle this summer but it appears a potential move to Derby has hit the skids following a failed bid of £4million.
It is understood that Davies, 32, is set to sign a three-year deal at Pride Park after holding talks in the East Midlands on Tuesday and undergoing a medical.
The Mirror claims that Derby will spend the £500,000 required to snap up the former West Brom captain.
Rowett is said to believe that snapping up an experienced individual like Davies would offer a boost to his side’s chance of earning promotion to the Premier League.
A number of Derby players look like they could be set for the axe though to fund Rowett’s ambitions with Darren Bent, Nick Blackman, Abdoul Camara and possibly Tom Ince all up for sale.
Hanley is possibly deemed surplus to requirements at St. James’ Park following Newcastle’s promotion to the Premier League.
Football Insider Verdict
Newcastle need to offload some of their deadwood this summer, and Hanley is one of those players that should be heading to the exit. The ex-Blackburn man is simply not cut out for Premier League football and he struggled a bit in helping the Magpies reach the top flight over the course of the last year. He’s perhaps no better than a promotion-chasing Championship player, so there’s definitely a few clubs that have a decent budget who could try to snap him up this summer. Rafa Benitez needs to be careful not to value him too highly though, otherwise he could be set to have an extra squad member come September.
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