Isaac Hayden was a reported target for Aston Villa in the January transfer window and the Newcastle United midfielder’s latest comments will surely keep the Midlands club enticed.
Hayden, 23, is in excellent form with Newcastle at the moment. The former Arsenal and Hull City star is one of the first names on the team sheet, impressing alongside Sean Longstaff in central midfield.
The Daily Mail claimed that Aston Villa had spoken to Newcastle in the January window about signing Hayden. But a move failed to materialise, with Hayden having a contract until the summer of 2021.
However, the versatile midfielder has always stated he wants to leave the club to be closer to his family down south. Now, his latest comments will surely see Villa remain interested – at least until the summer.
“I wouldn’t say my life has been on hold because you can always find little solutions to improve things, but limbo is the word,” Hayden told The Times, about his time at Newcastle.
With the midfielder being in “limbo” at Newcastle, the likelihood of him leaving in the summer is high. Aston Villa were interested in his services back in January, and that will hardly change in a matter of months.
Villa desperately need a new central midfielder. Glenn Whelan and Mile Jedinak are both in the final months of their contract, while Birkir Bjarnason and Henri Lansbury are prone to injury.
Newcastle will not want to lose Hayden, who earns £22,000 a week at St. James’ Park (Spotrac). But as he remains insistent on leaving, Villa will surely remain interested up until the summer.