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9th Jul, 2016 | 5:27pm

Report: Newcastle table third bid for defender, Benitez hopes it will seal deal

By Amir Mir

Newcastle have made an improved £4million bid for Blackburn defender Grant Hanley after two offers were rejected by the club, according to a report.

As reported by Football Insider on Thursday, the north east giants made an approach for the centre-back as they step up plans to reinforce their squad.

The Daily Mail claim that an improved £4million offer has now been tabled as manager Rafael Bentiez attempts to seal the transfer of Hanley.

There is currently a void at the heart of the Toon club’s defence after long term centre-half Fabio Coloccini announced he was quitting the club.

Scotland international Hanley has 23 caps and has made 183 league appearances for Blackburn, where he is currently their captain.

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Newcastle confirmed on Friday that Atletico Madrid defender Jesus Gamez has joined the club on a two-year deal but Bentiez is trying to add further experience and nous to a vulnerable back line.

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.

It is reported that Arsenal youngster Isaac Hayden will make a switch within the next 48 hours with the hope that Scottish international Hanley follows suit as the club prepare for the forthcoming Championship campaign.

In other Newcastle news, popular Newcastle forward has left the club to join China after a wretched season last term.