Isaac Hayden has confirmed that he has a move lined up after interest from several clubs…however he’ll only be allowed to leave IF the club sign a replacement in the next 4 days.
The ex-Arsenal midfielder handed in a transfer request over the summer and confirmed his desire to leave the club just a few weeks ago, with the Chronicle stating that he’s hoping to move closer to his daughter and her mother in South Wales.
What’s become clear, however, is that the club will only sanction a move away if we sign a replacement – and it’s been reported recently that we’re in talks with Benfica midfielder Andreas Samaris.
Here’s what Hayden’s had to say about his exit plans, with him believed to have held discussions with West Brom and Aston Villa:
“It is what it is. I can’t change it. It’s up to the football club.
“We’ve had on-going discussions and there’s only five days [as of Saturday] left now. The clubs that are interested in me are waiting, and the clubs that I want to go to are waiting.
“It’s just a case of whether Newcastle say: ‘Yeah, you can go’. If they say that, I can go. That’s where it is really.
“Whatever happens, I’m just going to enjoy playing football and work as hard as I can in training, and in the games. That’s all I can do.
“If it’s not in January, then we’ve got three months until the end of the season and I’ll give 100 per cent if I’m called upon. If I’m not, then I’m not.”
Aside from that odd committed performance in the last few weeks – with him doing a good job in our 3-0 win over Cardiff – it’s fair to say Hayden’s form has dipped hugely since we earned promotion.
This seems like it may suit all parties IF we do sign a replacement.
After all, there’s little use in keeping a player at the club whose heart isn’t in it – especially in a relegation battle.