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Benitez closing in on deal to bring defensive stalwart to Newcastle

The Newcastle United fans who are gathered in the bar at The Football Transfer Tavern this evening are discussing reports linking the club with a move for a new defender.

According to a reports in The Chronicle the North East side have made contact with Blackburn Rovers to enquire about the availability of Grant Hanley.

Sources close to the Lancashire club revealed that the recently relegated side had made contact and that the 24-year-old is open to a move to St James’ Park this summer.

Rafael Benitez is now set to concentrate on getting defenders into the club this summer following the signings of Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie and Matz Sels so far this summer.

With Fabricio Colloccini leaving the club, the Toon Army are short of options at the back and the Spaniard sees the Scottish international as the ideal man to partner Jamal Lascelles at the heart of the defence next season.

Hanley is Blackburn’s captain and has plenty of Championship having appeared for the Lancashire side on over 180 occasions to date.

Newcastle fans, we want to hear from you! Is Hanley a good option to bring in and hopefully guide you back to the top flight? Let us know below…

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