Newcastle have landed a potentially huge transfer boost, as Isaac Hayden is willing to stay at United, according to The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards.
The 6 ft 1 Arsenal product had closed out the recent campaign by stating that he felt he had played his final match for the Magpies, feeling a move back down south was a necessity having spent the previous year driving up and down the country on a weekly basis to visit his family as his daughter requires frequent medical attention.
Hayden had requested a move last summer as well, but then-manager Rafa Benitez stood in his way and informed the 24-year-old that he would have to remain on Tyneside.
The Spaniard issued the same statement earlier this summer before his Toon contract expired, noting that the club would only sell the former England youth international if a suitable offer were to come our way.
No bids are understood to have been placed that met the club’s £15million valuation, however, despite West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini showing a keen interest earlier in the window when it became clear Andre Gomes was set for a permanent move to Everton.
If Hayden is open to staying on at St James’ Park and playing for Newcastle again next season, it will be a huge boost to our campaign, as he became integral to our efforts in 2018/19 as Benitez named him in every starting XI between Boxing Day and the final day.
Fans reacting to Edwards’ claims, though, have not been totally convinced by them, with some speculating that Hayden may be kept in order to sell Sean Longstaff to Manchester United, as the club would not be able to adequately replace them both before the August 8 deadline hits.
Others have shared that they fear Hayden’s decision to stay was not a call made by the 24-year-old, but rather the board, who could be forcing the midfielder to remain on Tyneside despite his wishes to leave still being true.
Here’s what these Toon fans had to say…