The Mirror is reporting that Isaac Hayden wants to move away from Newcastle and further south this summer based on what are described as “exceptional family reasons.”
Isaac joined us two years ago from Arsenal, and he is now the fourth choice in central midfield and unlikely to get much playing time next season.
The Mirror is reporting that he has already talked at length with manager Rafa Benitez about his situation and it seems he is homesick.
Isaac Hayden – handed in a transfer request yesterday
But before Isaac can leave the club, we must first bring in a replacement – and that could be difficult for Newcastle.
Isaac has stressed it is purely for family reasons that he wants to leave Newcastle.
Here is a part of the Mirror report:
“Hayden has made it clear how much he likes St James’s Park, the club’s fans and has the utmost respect for Newcastle boss Benitez.”
“But ex-Arsenal trainee Hayden, who was born in Chelmsford, is looking to move further south after putting in the request on Friday.”
“The club is aware of the issue and Hayden is hoping that he is able to move during this transfer window.”
So Isaac is trying to push for a move away from Newcastle within the next 26 days by submitting a transfer request.
Mikel Merino is another young central midfielder who wanted to leave the club, but that was based on football reasons because he wasn’t getting enough playing time this year in the first team.
Rafa will not allow Isaac to leave unless he can get in a replacement in and if Rafa cannot do that before August 9th he’s likely to try again in January and Isaac will stay put until then.
This is a bit of a surprise since we thought Hayden was happy on Tyneside.
Maybe a Championship club will be interested in the player, but it looks like he wants to move closer to London.