There are a growing number of clubs who seem to be interested in Newcastle’s 23-year-old central midfielder Isaac Hayden whom we bought from Arsenal for £1M two years ago,.
Newcastle now rate the youngster around £10M after he has had two good seasons under the coaching of Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez.
The player wants to return south to be close to his girlfriend and young daughter who are living in the south-west of England.
Chris Hughton’s Brighton were the first club interested in signing him and newly promoted Fulham are also interested along with some Championship clubs, who may find the fee a little high.
Isaac Hayden – we’ll be sorry to see him go
Reading, Ipswich and QPR are three clubs who are thought to be interested in taking the player – although Newcastle want a straight transfer rather than a loan deal.
With Fulham also wanting Aleksandar Mitrovic it seems unlikely they would want to pay £30M for the two Newcastle players with the Magpies still looking for £20M for Mitrovic.
And there was news yesterday in the Chronicle that Mitrovic wants his future sorted out by July 25th – that’s a week on Wednesday.
He is due to report back to training at that time after completing his holiday following the World Cup in Russia.
If Newcastle can get the prices they are looking for, then we should have the money to bring in replacements.
Although that is proving difficult with Newcastle still nowhere near bringing in a striker as a replacement for Mitro.
Isaac’s decision to want to leave the club for family reasons has come at an awkward time for Rafa, who is in Ireland with the squad on a week’s training camp.
But that’s football – and that’s life.