Newcastle closing in on deal for £5.5m Blackburn defender

Date published: Wednesday 20th July 2016 2:48

Grant Hanley: On brink of Magpies move

Newcastle are close to signing Blackburn defender Grant Hanley for a reported fee of £5.5million.

Rovers boss Owen Coyle was keen to retain the Scotland international but it is understood negotiations between the two Sky Bet Championship clubs have reached a satisfactory conclusion.

Hanley is set to travel north to Tyneside to complete a medical but that will not happen until Thursday at the earliest as the Magpies and their medical staff are travelling to Doncaster for a pre-season friendly on Wednesday night.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez let Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor go following relegation from the Premier League and has been seeking reinforcements for Chancel Mbemba and Jamaal Lascelles.

Hanley, 24, would be the club’s eighth summer signing.

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