The three teams will certainly be of interest to the midfielder, who wants to move back down south for family reasons. The report states that West Ham, Brighton and newly promoted Norwich are keen; three teams much closer to home for Newcastle’s number 14.
Hayden has been making noises about leaving Newcastle since last summer. He reinforced his desire to leave in January, but once again did not get his wish.
But despite having to remain in the North East, he remained professional and enjoyed the best spell of his career.
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Hayden has had an amazing 2019
Since injury forced him into Rafa Benitez’s midfield in January, Hayden has been undroppable. Even when Mo Diame, Ki Sung-Yueng and Jonjo Shelvey returned to fitness, Benitez stuck with the 24-year-old.
Hayden sent a heartfelt message to the fans after the last home game of the season and this weekend’s trip to Fulham could be the final time he represents the Magpies.
His form has been rewarded, with bigger clubs now interested in his signature. It could also benefit Newcastle, who could reportedly ask for up to £20million for the former Arsenal man.