Newcastle United ace Isaac Hayden is now reportedly keen on a move away to a rival in the Premier League before the summer transfer window ends.
The Lowdown: Hayden out?
There have been a number of reports throughout the window so far linking Hayden with a move away from St. James’ Park.
Should Newcastle keep Hayden?
The North East club have not started the 2021/22 season off well, losing both of their opening games in the top flight and thus leaving themselves in the relegation zone, which may persuade the central midfield player to want to seek a new challenge before the window shuts.
The Latest: Head turned
As per Football Insider, Watford have now ‘set their sights’ on signing Hayden, and it is understood that he is ‘keen’ on a move to Vicarage Road.
A source from the Hornets has told the news outlet that they are interested in signing Hayden before the window closes, and a move to them has reportedly appeared to have turned his head.
The Verdict: Keep
The Tyneside club must avoid selling Hayden in this window, especially to a rival in the Premier League.
Dubbed ‘outstanding’ by Magpies legend Alan Shearer after a very impressive performance in their 3-2 home win against Southampton in the division back in February, the Englishman was such a key player for them last term, winning no fewer than 5.5 of his duels per game in the top flight, as well as averaging 2.2 tackles, 1.9 clearances and 1.8 interceptions per match (Sofascore).
Nonetheless, with less than a week to go, it would be difficult for Steve Bruce’s team to find a suitable replacement for him.
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