West Ham United are once again being linked with a move for Newcastle United midfielder Isaac Hayden.
Reliable insider ExWHUemployee claimed back in January that West Ham were still interested in Hayden, when speaking on the West Ham Way podcast.
That came after Hayden was heavily linked with a move to West Ham last summer to be back in London for family reasons.
But Hayden remained at Newcastle where he is about to enter the last year of his contract.
West Ham link to Hayden resurfaces
Now speculation of a move to West Ham has resurfaced (Chronicle Live).
And tellingly it comes after the player enlisted agent Will Salthouse to help him secure a move.
Salthouse is reportedly heavily involved in West Ham’s transfer plans.
According to Football Insider, Salthouse is the preferred agent of West Ham co-owner David Sullivan.
The likes of Barry Silkman have previously filled that role for Sullivan and fellow co-owner David Gold.
Football Insider claims Sullivan and Salthouse have done ‘plenty of business together in recent years’.
Indeed many of the agent’s clients are already at the London Stadium.
Magpies midfielder wants Sullivan’s preferred agent to help sort future
Football Insider even says Salthouse has helped broker ‘many deals’ while partying with Sullivan’s sons – Jack and Dave – in London and Ibiza.
West Ham star Michail Antonio and fellow Hammers Aaron Cresswell, Ryan Fredericks and Darren Randolph are all with Salthouse’s agency.
And Chronicle Live says Newcastle star Hayden could be about to join them in Salthouse’s stable and at the London Stadium.
“The former Arsenal midfielder has been unsettled for two years on Tyneside,” Chronicle Live claims.
“Isaac Hayden has deployed a new agent to try to sort out his future at Newcastle United. Newcastle head coach Steve Bruce has been flexible with Hayden on travel needs required due to family reasons.
“But despite conversations described as “ongoing” for the former Arsenal player, he is believed to have asked for the help of agent Will Salthouse to assist him with the next step of his career.
“Both West Ham and Crystal Palace are expected to keep tabs on Hayden’s contract talks.”
Hayden would add much-needed depth to Hammers midfield
West Ham could certainly do with more legs and energy in central midfield.
Captain Mark Noble turns 34 next season. There was an over reliance on Declan Rice in defensive midfield until Tomas Soucek’s arrival.
But beyond that West Ham only have untested young players to fall back on.
The Hammers don’t have much money for new signings. But with Hayden in the last year of his contract West Ham might be able to secure a cut-price bargain for the 25-year-old.
Hayden played 26 times in the Premier League for Newcastle last season with an average match rating of 6.72 (Whoscored.com).
He scored once, laid on two assists and was sent off once during that time too.