Tottenham have reportedly shown an interest in Newcastle United enforcer Isaac Hayden.
According to the Chronicle, Spurs are keen on the defensive midfielder alongside West Ham and Crystal Palace.
The report details that he could cost between £15-20million to prize away from St James’ Park in the summer.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side definitely need some more reinforcements in the centre of the park ahead of next season, as the January exit of Mousa Dembele left a void in their squad.
Moussa Sissoko has taken over the mantle as the key central midfielder, while Victor Wanyama, Harry Winks and Eric Dier are also options.
Dier, 25, appears to have slipped down the midfield pecking order and has plenty of work to do wto win back a permanent spot after an injury-hit season.
He’s made just 27 appearances across all competitions this term and was an unused substitute in both Champions League semi-final legs with Ajax.
Spurs target Hayden would arrive to provide competition if he joined, but he’s certainly not an upgrade on Dier.
Hayden enjoyed strong form at the back end of the Premier League season for Newcastle, but has never consistently performed at the highest level.
The 24-year-old is a destructive midfielder that breaks up play and is decent in possession, but he’s certainly not a level above England international Dier.
Hayden would be a sizeable risk at anywhere around £20million and they should look at their own players first before doing anything too hasty.