If there’s one team that are masters at finding bargains in the transfer market, it’s Newcastle United.
Due to a lack of finances, the Toon have become accustomed to signing players for dirt cheap in recent years and being able to turn them into valuable members of the first-team, and Isaac Hayden is a testament to that statement.
Signed from Arsenal for a reported £2.61 million fee in 2016 (Transfermarkt), the midfielder has established himself as one of Newcastle’s most important players since their rise from the Championship back into the Premier League, but Hayden’s time in the North East could soon be coming to an end.
According to the Telegraph, the 24-year-old midfielder is likely to move away from Newcastle in order to be closer to his family in the south of England, and this has put West Ham on high alert who see Hayden as a transfer target.
So what would the potential consequences be of West Ham signing the former Arsenal academy graduate?
Hammers land Obiang replacement
With a new midfielder in town, it is likely Pedro Obiang’s time in east London will come to an end.
The Spanish midfielder has found it hard to break into the West Ham starting XI ever since his move to the English capital from Sampdoria in 2015, and Hayden being brought in will only make life at the London Stadium more difficult.
Furthermore, an exit could be a real possibility should the Newcastle man arrive.
Hayden partners Rice
Declan Rice has emerged as THE player to build the future of West Ham around for the coming years, and although Mark Noble has proven to be a decent partner for the English international, Hayden would be a much better fit for this role.
Having established himself at Newcastle and come through an academy as good as Arsenal’s, Hayden has the technical and creative ability to be a good partner for Rice in the West Ham midfield, and at seven years younger than Noble, the midfielder will be able to form a long-term relationship with the Hammers superstar for years to come.
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