Blackburn braced for fresh Newcastle bid for Grant Hanley

Grant Hanley, left
Grant Hanley, left

Blackburn Rovers expect Newcastle United to return with an improved bid for Grant Hanley in the next 48 hours.

The club has already had two offers for the 24-year-old defender turned down by their Championship rivals.

Blackburn value Hanley at around £6million, and United's last bid was well below that figure.

Owen Coyle, the club's manager, said: "When all is said and done, Grant Hanley is a player who is under contract at Blackburn Rovers.

“I know the way the world works when agents get to work and such forth.

“But all I would say is Grant Hanley’s our captain and we don’t want to lose him.

“I totally understand why Newcastle covet him, but, as I said before, and I’ll repeat it, in my opinion they are nowhere near the valuation which I consider Grant Hanley to be.”

United have already signed five players in this summer's transfer window.