According to The Daily Mail, Isaac Hayden is keen to leave Newcastle this summer. Crystal Palace, Brighton and Watford are keen on snapping up the 24-year-old, with the Magpies set to ask for upwards of £10m – in this day and age, that’s a reasonable asking price for most players who are plying their trade in the Premier League.
The former Arsenal man has made 24 league appearances for the St James’ Park outfit this season, scoring one goal and recording four assists, but it’s surely his exploits on the back foot that have caught the eye of Palace, who love a midfielder who isn’t afraid of a tackle.
Hayden averages an impressive number of tackles and interceptions per game and forged a formidable partnership with Sean Longstaff before the youngster’s season was ended prematurely in March due to injury. Would he be similarly stoic at Selhurst Park? Football FanCast’s writers give their verdicts on whether the Eagles should swoop for Hayden below…
“Signing Isaac Hayden would be an extremely shrewd move by Roy Hodgson and Crystal Palace. The midfielder has come on leaps and bounds under Rafa Benitez this term and I’ve been extremely impressed with the way he’s fared. He’s been absolutely superb over the last couple of weeks and his presence in midfield could add a great deal to the Palace side. At £10m it would represent good business and he’d be the perfect partner for Milivojevic, sitting deep when he needs to, but also having an eye for a pass in the final third.”
“Hayden has been pushing for a move from Newcastle for a while and that should set alarm bells ringing for Palace. This is a player who has routinely opened up on his desire to seal a transfer and those sorts of characters are not the type you want at a football club if you are trying to progress. Palace should probably steer clear, anyway, as he isn’t as good as Luka Milivojevic and would probably only warm the bench, but his character is just another warning sign.”
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“Hayden has been a different animal this season and it’s fair to say his form has surprised just about everyone. He’s no world beater but at £10m he would represent unbelievable value considering he is contracted to a Premier League rival. There is decent competition for a place in Hodgson’s midfield but he would give Schlupp a serious run for his money. If a deal can be struck it’s one Palace must complete.”