Newcastle United midfielder Isaac Hayden is the latest player linked with a summer move to West Ham. According to The Telegraph, West Ham ‘could’ move for him this summer.
West Ham have been heavily linked with Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey for a while. The Northern Echo expects the Irons to return for him ahead of the 2019/20 season.
But it appears that his Newcastle team-mate Hayden is now on West Ham’s wishlist. Hayden has made it clear he wants to leave Newcastle and West Ham face competition.
Brighton, who tried to sign him last season, could rekindle their interest. And recently-promoted Norwich City have also been mentioned in this report.
Who is Isaac Hayden?
Newcastle midfielder Hayden has been part of Rafa Benitez’s squad since their Championship days. After helping the Magpies to promotion, his time in the Premier League has brought mixed success.
The ex-Arsenal man was struggling for some game time earlier in the season. But now, he is a regular in black and white. And Hayden is one of Newcastle’s most consistent performers.
With box-to-box performances, the 24-year-old has shown that he has the potential to become a complete midfielder. He is strong in the tackle and a confident passer of the ball.
West Ham need a new midfielder of this profile to replace Pedro Obiang, who has been linked with an exit. The midfielder nearly left in January (Sky Sports News) and could be on the move this summer.
Hayden needs to leave Newcastle to move closer to his family. West Ham would be an ideal location for the Chelmsford-born midfielder and he could improve Manuel Pellegrini’s midfield options too.