Report: Wolves make move to sign Newcastle £5m player, loan-to-buy deal eyed

By Alex Stevens

Wolves have made a move to sign Newcastle fringe defender Grant Hanley, according to a report.

The Sun claim the FA Cup giant killers are keen to take advantage of Hanley’s fringe status at St James’ Park since his transfer from Blackburn last summer.

It is said that Wolves are targeting an initial loan deal for the Scotland international that they hope to become permanent in the future.

Hanley, 25, has made 12 appearances for Newcastle this season and was in the re-jigged side that suffered a humiliating FA Cup exit at the hands of League One side Oxford on Saturday.

But the centre-back has started only one league fixture since his £5million switch from Blackburn after finding himself behind the likes of Jamaal Lascelles, Ciaran Clark and Chancel Mbemba in the central defensive pecking order.

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The Sun report that Wolves manager Paul Lambert could create space in the squad by shifting defender Kortney Hause, 21.

Football Insider verdict:

Wolves’ late window swoop for Hanley is sure to hit a brick wall. Yes, the Scot is fourth in the centre-back pecking order at St James’ Park but he represents proven cover for the position and Newcastle would be wise to keep him in the squad for the remainder of the season. With an instant return to the Premier League in Newcastle’s sights, there is little to be gained from offloading a player who could be useful in the second half of the season.

In other Newcastle transfer news, the club are ironing out the final details of a landmark midfielder deal.

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