Date: 5th July 2019 at 7:30pm
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West Ham are still in for Newcastle United midfielder Isaac Hayden, according to the Northern Echo.

The newspaper claim that the 24-year-old midfield enforcer is the next player likely to leave St James’ Park this summer after the departure of .

The Northern Echo name West Ham and Brighton as the most likely contenders for the midfielder with the having slapped a £15million price tag on his head.

Hayden was previously reported to have set his sights on a move away from Newcastle after the Premier League season had ended, in a move that would see him relocate closer to his family.

The holding midfield player was a mainstay for Newcastle last season, making 28 appearances.

OPINION

Hayden excelled in the middle of the park for Newcastle last season, highlighting why he would be a great addition for the . The 24-year-old averaged 2.9 tackles per game, the most of any player at St James’ Park, and would be available for relatively cheap at £15million. [WhoScored] With Mark coming to the end of his career, a move for Hayden would be sensible, as he could offer great strength in depth for Manuel Pellegrini and could eventually form a great partnership with Declan Rice. Any move for Hayden will surely depend on player sales, with Pellegrini having set his sights on a as his main priority. Marko Arnautovic’s imminent exit will fund a move for a forward, and whatever is left, if anything, could be put towards Hayden. It all depends on how long it takes for Mario Husillos to make a move for a striker, with anything else surely taking a back seat at this moment in time.