Newcastle United midfielder Isaac Hayden seems to be in big demand as he wants to leave Newcastle this summer to be closer to his family in the south.
The Telegraph is reporting West Ham could move for him in the summer.
It’s known that manager Manuel Pellegrini was interested in signing Jonjo Shelvey last January for around £20M.
But he could well have switched his attention to the former Arsenal youngster who has been outstanding for Newcastle since December.
We never thought Isaac could play as well as he has for the Magpies this year – he will be a terrific signing for some club this summer.
Isaac still seems determined to leave Newcastle this summer so Rafa will need to bring in at least one new central midfielder to replace the 24-year-old.
Hayden has put himself in the shop window over the last five months with some brilliant play from the midfielder we picked up for around 2.5M from Arsenal three years ago.
Newcastle can now expect over £15M for him and maybe closer to £20M – he’s worth it with still being only 24-year-old and he’s still improving.
Brighton tried to sign him last season, and they could again be interested and there could be clubs who emerge in the next few weeks who have been watching his excellent performances for the Magpies.
This is what Isaac said after our last home game against Liverpool last Saturday as reported in the Telegraph:
“I think I will be going,” “I have spoken to the club about it and they’ve been open and honest with me.”
“I’m pretty sure this will be my last game at home. In football, you never know, so I can’t say for definite, although it’s looking like my last game here.”
“Nothing has changed. It’s not what is best for me or my family to be playing here next season and to be doing the traveling I have done this season.”
“It’s unfortunate but the club know my stance and have known it for a year now. There is no excuses going into the summer. It’s about getting the deal right for the club and for myself.
“It’s a fantastic club. You wouldn’t want to actively try to leave a club when you have 52,000 every home game.”
“But, for me, I have a daughter and a fiancée, soon to be wife, who I have to put first.”
“To me, they are more important than football will ever be. Hopefully, something can be done and the club have been quite proactive with that, so I don’t think there will be a problem.”
It will be very sad to see Hayden leave, but he’s leaving for good reasons, and he’s been very straight with the club and the fans since last summer.
If he leaves we wish him the best for his future – both in football and in his personal life.
He’s such a nice lad – as my (late) mother would say.