Blackburn Rovers are eyeing a loan deal for former defender Grant Hanley from Norwich City.

Tony Mowbray’s side are looking for defensive reinforcements and could turn to a familiar face, according to journalist Alan Nixon on Twitter.

Hanley, who is 27 years-old, played just 12 times for the Canaries last season as they were promoted from the Championship under Daniel Farke. Therefore, he could become available this summer.

Rovers are keen on bringing in some players over the coming months and have got some targets in mind, as per a report by The72 yesterday.

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Hanley, who is a Scotland international with 29 caps under his belt, started his career with spells at Queen of the South, Crewe Alexandra and Rangers before joining Blackburn in 2008.

He went onto make 200 appearances for the Lancashire side and played in both the Premier League and Championship.

Hanley left Ewood Park in July 2016 when he was snapped up by Newcastle United. He was part of the Toon side who were promoted to the Premier League in 2017 under Rafa Benitez but found first-team opportunities hard to come by.

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He left to drop back into the Championship for Norwich in August 2017 and played 32 times for the Canaries in his first season there.

A move back to Blackburn on loan for the next campaign would suit Hanley and give him a chance to play regular football again.


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