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Newcastle: Southampton eyeing Hayden

An update has emerged on Newcastle midfielder Isaac Hayden, regarding Southampton’s interest in his services.

What’s the talk?

According to The Sun, Southampton are lining up a swoop for Newcastle central midfielder Isaac Hayden as they look to bolster their midfield ranks.

The report claims that Newcastle would be willing to let him leave if an offer of around £10m comes in. Watford are also said to hold an interest in Hayden and could ask for him in return for Will Hughes – who Steve Bruce is a fan of.

Should Newcastle sell Hayden?

Yes

Yes

No

No

Bruce doesn’t need him

Newcastle must ruthlessly axe Hayden from the club this summer and allow him to join Southampton or Watford if the opportunity arises.

If Southampton come in with a bid of £10m, or even a few million cheaper than that, then the club must sanction his departure and use the funds to bring in a player with more quality than the ex-Arsenal man.

In the 2020/21 campaign, Hayden averaged an unimpressive WhoScored rating of 6.67 in 22 Premier League starts for the Toon Army, whilst failing to register a goal or assist from midfield. This suggests that he did not have the influence on Bruce’s midfield that he would like to, with his overall standard of performance fairly average throughout the campaign.

The £36k-per-week midfielder has, therefore, not shown enough to prove that he can be one of Bruce’s key men in the engine room. This means that the manager has no need for him as a regular starter and the club could be better off bringing in a new addition to freshen up options in that area of the pitch.

Back in 2019, Hayden admitted that he wanted to leave Newcastle and said that he would like to be closer to his family, as he was dealing with a family emergency at the time. The midfielder was seemingly willing to take a pay-cut at the time, hinting that a move down south would suit him.

He told The Times:

“She was in Newcastle at that point, but her family is based in the South West, mine’s in Essex and she really had no support.

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Who cost more?

“I want to be in a place for my daughter to settle down and have a happy home environment and not be moving around too much.

“Money isn’t everything. It’s about the time you spend with children, the effort you put in. I want to know her. I don’t want to miss her walking for the first time, talking, all those things. I want to be a proper dad.”

It remains to be seen if he still feels the same way two years on, but if he does, then it could work out well for all parties involved.

Southampton and Watford are both closer to home, which could allow him to spend more time with his family and enjoy his life on and off the pitch.

Therefore, allowing Hayden to leave to join Southampton, or Watford, could be a shrewd piece of business for the club whilst also benefiting the player himself.

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