Report: Newcastle receive £4m interest in 25-year-old, club want extra £1.5m
By Derek Smithson
Derby have been in contact about a move for Newcastle defender Grant Hanley, according to a report.
The Chronicle claim that the Rams have made contact about the 25-year-old and suggested that they would pay £4million for his signature.
However, it is understood that the Magpies are looking for £5.5million for the centre-back, the same fee he cost the club from Blackburn last summer.
The report details that Wolves, Cardiff and Aston Villa are also interested in Hanley, who is expected to leave int he summer.
Rafael Benitez is attempting to mould his squad ahead of their return to the Premier League and the defender has seemingly not done enough to keep his place at St James’ Park.
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The centre-back made just 16 appearances across all competitions during their title winning campaign in the Championship and was stuck down the pecking order.
He has just 31 appearances in the Premier League during his career and looks like spending another year in the Championship following the huge interest.
Football Insider verdict:
Hanley is probably not made out for the Premier League and Newcastle already have far better options at the back. It would be no surprise to see Benitez bring in a proven centre-back over the summer and that would only slip the 25-year-old further down the pecking order. He is a strong traditional defender, but perhaps doesn’t have the footballing ability to match the Magpies style. Hanley should still be able to aid most Championship teams and it seems like a sensible move for his career. Newcastle may do well to obtain £5.5million for his services, considering he has been a fringe player in the last 12 months.
In other Newcastle transfer news, they are set to axe Vurnon Anita in the summer when his contract expires.