Isaac Hayden ‘does not want to return to Tyneside for pre-season training’ according to the Chronicle, who claim that the unsettled 24-year-old is hoping to have joined a new club before the players report back on July 4th.
After handing in a transfer request 12 months ago and failing to gain a move back down south over the past two transfer windows, I don’t blame Hayden for wanting to get his future sorted as soon as possible.
After all, he’ll no doubt be on holiday with family or down south as we speak spending time with loved ones over his summer break, so the thought of leaving them and returning to the north-east in July for pre-season won’t appeal.
Here’s an extract from the Chronicle’s latest piece, suggesting Hayden is determined to get his future sorted ASAP – despite all the uncertainty on Tyneside:
‘The 24-year-old does not want to return to Tyneside for pre-season training on July 4 because he hopes to have signed for another club by then.
‘Hayden handed in a transfer request last summer and remains intent on leaving Newcastle so that he can relocate closer to his fiancee and daughter in the South West.
‘Until Benitez’s future is resolved, no firm decisions on transfers in and out will be taken – so, at the moment, Hayden will be expected to back in the North East early next month.’
Benitez will obviously want to keep him, but it sounds like there’s been some sort of mutual agreement to let him go once we have signed a replacement – and that could be a big issue for the 24-year-old as far as his hopes of securing a move before early July is concerned.
Rafa’s future is STILL up in the air, and it’s been made clear once again here that no incoming outgoing deals will be sanctioned until we know who’ll be in charge next season.
With that in mind and the fact the players return for training on July 4th, we haven’t exactly got long or a realistic change of signing a replacement to enable Hayden’s exit.
The likes of West Ham, Brighton and Aston Villa have been linked with moves for Hayden, but I think it’ll be a while yet before he gets his move away – even if a summer move away does seem imminent this time around.