Date: 11th July 2016 at 8:39am
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These views being that Owen Coyle doesn’t want to lose captain, and Player of the Year last season, Grant Hanley.

Newcastle, after reported interest from Hull, Sheffield Wednesday, Derby and Fulham, continue to target Hanley but having so far rejected two bids Coyle’s made it clear he doesn’t want to sell.

Coyle has said he holds Hanley in ‘very high esteem’ with the offers so far from Rafa Benitez’s side ‘nowhere near’ what he would value him at. He also knows can’t ‘stop clubs admiring’ the defender (and other players Blackburn have) but it doesn’t mean he’ll be sold.

When talking to the Lancashire Telegraph the boss said.

‘Number one, I don`t want to be selling Grant Hanley. I`ll say that openly. But obviously we can`t stops clubs from admiring our players. It`s the same with me. I admire players at other clubs and you go after them. But what I would also say is about Grant Hanley`s valuation as a player. I hold him in a very high esteem. I think he is a very, very good player. And I think it`s fair to say, in my own opinion, they are nowhere near the valuation of Grant Hanley. I don`t want to lose him.’

Hanley is still under contract, another factor Coyle pointed too, for another two-years at Ewood Park with the former Rangers youngster being with Blackburn since the age of 16 when he came in from Crewe.

The Scotland international sat out the win over SV Ried in Austria on Saturday with ‘a knee knock’ (which translated to many as ‘he’s leaving’) with Coyle questioned about the 23-times capped defender and if he wanted to go?

He answered that question by adding.

‘It`s nothing to do with expressing a desire because 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.’

If Hanley, who has made over 200 appearances for Blackburn since breaking into the first team, is sold then Crewe will be entitled to 10% of the transfer fee as per the agreement when the 24-year-old arrived at Rovers.

As for sell on clauses, Blackburn profited from one of these as another defender that used to play for Rovers was on the move recently when Jack O’Connell left Brentford to Sheffield United.

When O’Connell left Ewood for Brentford last February as 25% sell on clause was included in his deal, which has now be received following his transfer to the League 1 side with Fulham reportedly also expressing an interest in the 22-year-old.

Offers of £3.5m and £4.5m have reportedly so far been made by Newcastle for Hanley, with both rejected. A third offer will apparently be made but will that be enough to take the Blackburn captain to St James’ Park do you think?

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