Blackburn boss Owen Coyle says Newcastle's Grant Hanley bid below valuation

Blackburn Rovers boss Owen Coyle says he doesn't want to lose captain Grant Hanley after the club turned down two bids from Newcastle United.

Sunday, 10th July 2016, 8:47 am
Updated Sunday, 10th July 2016, 9:51 am
Grant Hanley

The Magpies are understood to have returned with a £4.5million offer for the Scotland defender on Friday.

But the Championship club rejected the bid, having previously turned down an offer of £3.5million.

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Lancashire Telegraph reporter Paul Wheelock, who has been following Rovers on their pre-season trip to Austria, then tweeted that he'd spoken to Coyle about Hanley.

Wheelock quoted Coyle as saying: "I don’t want to sell Grant. Can’t stop clubs enquiring about your players. In my opinion they’re nowhere the valuation of Grant."

Hanley sat out Blackburn's 1-0 win over SV Ried with a knee injury, as former Sunderland striker Danny Graham got the only goal.

Coyle added: “We had one or two niggles. Danny Guthrie felt his groin in the warm-up and the skipper (Grant Hanley) hurt his knee on Friday. We were never going to take any chances with both of those lads.