Per an article from The Chronicle, Aston Villa will consider making a move for Isaac Hayden if they get promoted back to the Premier League.
The Villans take on Derby in the play-off final on Bank Holiday Monday and it doesn’t appear as though they’ll hang around long in their pursuit for Premier League talent should they win.
The Chronicle suggests that Newcastle could be willing to accept bids in the region of £15m for Hayden, who previously played for Arsenal.
However, there are two other teams in contention to sign the 24-year-old with West Ham also sniffing around the player. The report further claims that Brighton have been long term admirers.
The 6 ft 1 ace has been a reliable performer in the middle of the park for the Magpies this term, quickly becoming one of Rafa Benitez’s chief enforcers.
The midfielder is particularly composed on the ball but is also consistently good at the defensive side of the game, too.
With a possible move to Villa on the cards, Football FanCast writers have given their verdicts on whether he’d be a good addition to Dean Smith’s side. Here’s what they’ve said.
“A move to Villa doesn’t do a lot for Hayden, who has reportedly told Newcastle he wants to move nearer to his families down south. But he’s a Premier League quality footballer and he’d be an excellent buy for Villa. It remains to be seen, though, if he’ll be willing to make the move. It might well ride on whether or not Dean Smith’s side win promotion. If they do, he’d be a good start for what needs to be a busy summer.”
“Hayden earned praise from Pep Guardiola in January after Newcastle beat the champions – he’s a rock-solid defensive midfielder who loves a tackle and that should endear him to the Villa faithful. There’s no doubt that he’s of top flight quality and he would greatly strengthen Villa’s bid to either stay in or achieve promotion to the Premier League, depending on the result against Derby.”
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“Isaac Hayden would be an excellent signing for Aston Villa. He is undoubtedly a Premier League quality player and provides the grit in midfield that is needed in order for the attackers to fully express themselves and flourish. Of course, his personal issues might make this move a difficult one, but Villa should definitely do all they can to make it happen.”