Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in signing Isaac Hayden from Newcastle United this summer.
The Chronicle report that Spurs are one of a number of London-based sides keen on the 24-year-old, who wants to leave St. James’ Park for family reasons.
Hayden has wanted to leave the club since last summer, but has got his head down and had an excellent season for the Magpies.
He broke into the starting XI when Jonjo Shelvey got injured and forged a terrific partnership with youngster Sean Longstaff.
Newcastle recently slapped a £20 million price tag on the player (reported by The Daily Mail), and with Crystal Palace and West Ham United also said to be keen, there’s a chance the Toon Army might actually get that.
Spurs going after Hayden is very risky.
He may have shone this term but the midfielder is of course ex-Arsenal, which makes matters complicated.
Hayden only left the Emirates Stadium in 2016 and his Gunners connection is still fairly fresh.
Spurs chief Daniel Levy facilitating such a deal would be a big risk, as supporters may not accept the transfer and give the player a hard time if his form dipped.
Also, there is a feeling that Spurs should be aiming higher than Hayden anyway, given their lack of transfer activity over the past two windows – so there’s a good chance such a transfer would frustrate antagonise supporters.