Updated - Norwich City transfer rumours: City weigh up £5.5m bid for Grant Hanley; Russell Martin on Brighton’s radar

Blackburn Rovers' defender Grant Hanley is being linked with Norwich City. Photo: Simon Cooper/PA Wi

Blackburn Rovers' defender Grant Hanley is being linked with Norwich City. Photo: Simon Cooper/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

Norwich City are monitoring Blackburn's Scottish international centre-back Grant Hanley amid reports the Canaries may launch a £5.5m raid.

The Daily Mail reported on Saturday Norwich have matched a similar bid from Championship rivals Newcastle but the Ewood Park club is holding out for £8m for the rugged defender.

Rovers' chief Owen Coyle, however, after his club's friendly against Morecambe told journalists only Newcastle have made a firm offer but a couple of other clubs are tracking the centre-back.

The Daily Express had earlier reported the Canaries' new first team coach and former Rovers' assistant boss Alan Irvine has flagged up Hanley as a potential recruit, with beaten Championship play-off finalists Sheffield Wednesday also linked. The Express claim allowing Hanley to depart Ewood Park would allow Paul Lambert's replacement, Owen Coyle, to keep hold of fellow centre-back Shane Duffy, who impressed for the Republic of Ireland at Euro 2016.

Meanwhile, Hanley's Scottish team mate Russell Martin is being touted with a potential return to boyhood club Brighton. Martin started his career on the south coast but failed to make the grade.

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Football web site, Here is the City, report ex-Norwich boss and Seagulls' chief Chris Hughton is a firm admirer of the long-serving City stalwart. The 30-year-old made 37 appearances for the Canaries last season and captained the side to Championship promotion in May 2015.

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