Newcastle United midfielder Isaac Hayden could be perfect for Southampton, Carlton Palmer has exclusively told The Transfer Tavern.
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has made it clear he is looking for a new midfielder and Hayden seems to be one that is on his list.
According to The Sun, the south coast club are targeting the 26-year-old in a deal that could cost £10m.
Would Hayden be a good buy?
Hayden would bring some bite to Southampton’s midfield, with the Englishman posting some pretty good defensive numbers last season.
As per WhoScored, he averaged 2.2 tackles and 1.8 interceptions per game in the 2020/21 Premier League campaign, leaving him at the top of those two categories in Newcastle’s squad.
On Southampton’s reported interest in Hayden, Palmer told TT:
“Perfect, perfect. He’ll fit into their budget in terms of what they can afford, he is experienced and he can play at that level.”
Given the Saints’ need for more bodies in midfield, Hayden looks a no-brainer, especially at £10m.
Indeed, if they can get a deal done, it could be very good business. Retaining what they already have will also be important this transfer window, though.
Aston Villa have, of course, targeted James Ward-Prowse but have so far failed in their pursuit of the player.
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