The reason Isaac Hayden wants to leave Newcastle is to be nearer his girlfriend and young daughter who are situated in the south-west of England.
That’s a long way from Newcastle.
And news today that Rafa rates the young central midfielder highly and doesn’t want to sell him, but he will if he can get a replacement in before August 9th.
And the Chronicle are reporting that Newcastle could get as much as £10M for the player who we brought in from Arsenal for just £1M two years ago.
Isaac Hayden – wants to be nearer his girlfriend and baby daughter
Of course, Isaac now has much more experience having played 63 games for Newcastle over the last two seasons – roughly divided in number between the Championship and the Premier League.
And there’s no doubt Isaac is an excellent technical player who’s keen to be a better player.
It also shows how much improvement players can make under the guidance of Rafa Benitez.
Brighton are said to be interested in Isaac, and he would do well to join Chris Hughton on the south coast.
And that’s where the fee of £10M comes from with the Chronicle reporting Chris is willing to pay around £10M for the holding midfielder.
It seems the fact Isaac has become a father has changed his thinking a little and that’s not at all surprising.
And the Chronicle has pointed out in February he had this to say on nufcTV:
“Becoming a dad is a massive thing.” “It was definitely a massive ordeal with the birth and it was difficult in December.”
“That month in December and January was difficult.” “It is about managing the off the field things and get on with things on the field.”
“I think I did that well enough, it was a tough time because she wasn’t well when she was born.
“She was in the hospital for nearly two weeks in London so it was difficult to manage the distance and the gap.
“Obviously it was worrying times when you are a dad and your daughter has just been born.”
One solution could have been to relocate the mother and daughter to the northeast.
But they probably dismissed that quickly with the girlfriend’s parents very likely being with their daughter and grandchild in the southwest.