West Bromwich Albion are interested in securing a deal for wantaway Newcastle United midfielder Isaac Hayden, according to Daily Telegraph journalist John Percy.
Hayden has expressed his desire to leave the club, and the Championship outfit are now hopeful of securing a deal for the 23-year-old.
West Brom want to sign Newcastle midfielder Isaac Hayden. Little encouragement from #nufc so far, & other clubs are in. #wba also expect to hear whether Harvey Barnes will be recalled by #lcfc this week
— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) January 8, 2019
Hayden reiterated his desire to leave Newcastle earlier this month, having handed in a transfer request in the summer.
The midfielder is keen to move closer to his family, who live in south Wales.
As quoted by Chronicle Live, he said: “Nothing has changed [from my perspective]. The club have known the situation from day one, and it’s not going to change.
“It’s not a football decision for me, it’s purely for family reasons and my daughter will always come first for me, above any football. What’s best for her is my priority.”
The Baggies are now reportedly interested in securing a deal, though the Magpies have yet to offer the club encouragement in their pursuit.
This is not a football decision for Hayden, who merely wants to be closer to his family.
That, of course, is absolutely understandable, and a move to the Midlands would see the midfielder cut his journey in half, were he to regularly travel home.
Hayden has been important for the Magpies this season, making nine appearances in total, and has a versatility that sets him apart through his ability to feature at full-back, centre-back and in midfield.
And with Ki Sung-yueng set to head to the Asian Cup and Mohamed Diame injured, Rafael Benitez has outlined his intention to keep Hayden, who is likely to feature heavily between now and the end of the season.
He told reporters: “I know what he thinks because I was talking with him during the summer and now, but we will try do what we have to do; the best for the team and the best for everyone. He’s training well, he’s working hard, and he’s a good professional. He’s fine and playing well.”
Perhaps Hayden’s move down the country will have to wait.