Watford are eyeing up a surprise move for Isaac Hayden before the transfer window slams shut on August 31, according to Football Insider.
The report claims that the Chelmsford born midfielder is unsettled on Tyneside and desires a move back down South – something we have heard on several occasions in recent years.
Hayden was forced off with a knee problem in Saturday’s defeat to Aston Villa and looks set to miss tomorrow’s cup clash wit Burnley as a result.
The 26-year-old signed a six-year contract less than 12 months ago and has publicly commented on his commitment to the club, admitting that he had personal struggles in the past but acknowledging that they are now dealt with.
Since being signed by Rafa Benitez in 2016, the midfielder has become one of the first names on our team sheet and one of few tacklers in the squad.
His reliability and ability to play in midfield or in defence has made him a fan favourite among the Toon Army, who admired his work-rate despite his wishes to leave being in the public domain.
Even if Watford do want to sign Hayden, you can bet that Mike Ashley will be demanding a huge fee as long as one of our players in tied down on a lengthy contract.
Not only that, it wouldn’t leave us long to find a much needed replacement should he make a surprise move to Vicarage Road.
Personally, I can’t see us selling him so late in the day and would be shocked if he really does want to swap Newcastle United for newly promoted Watford.