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West Ham shouldn’t think twice about going all out for this solid Newcastle star – Pellegrini must get him

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Why West Ham should go all out to sign Isaac Hayden from Newcastle

Newcastle United midfielder Isaac Hayden has admitted that he could leave St. James’ Park before the end of the transfer window.

The 24-year-old midfielder has struggled to nail down a regular berth in the starting XI since joining from Arsenal in 2016. He started 21 Premier League games for Newcastle last season and at times showed he has what it takes to be a Premier League level player.

Isaac Hayden had been heavily linked with a move away from the Magpies in the early part of the window, and publicly went on record to suggest that he wanted to leave.

However, his move has never materialised and it was thought that new boss Steve Bruce had managed to convince him to stay at Newcastle. But that’s not the case as the Englishman has admitted that he could leave Tyneside before the transfer window closes on Thursday evening.

Last month, the Northern Echo had claimed that West Ham were interested in signing Hayden, and now with the midfielder looking to leave Newcastle, the Hammers must rekindle their interest in the player and attempt to sign him.

West Ham have made some signings in the summer transfer window with the latest through the door at the London Stadium being promising Portuguese defender Goncalo Cardoso. The club has splashed a lot of money to bring in attacker Pablo Fornals and striker Sebastien Haller, but the squad is still short of depth in key areas.

If there is one issue in Manuel Pellegrini’s squad, it is the lack of options in midfield. Declan Rice performs well as a shield in front of West Ham’s defence but he needs a strong and reliable partner beside him next season.

Mark Noble has started showings signs of ageing and isn’t capable anymore of covering every blade of grass, while the likes of Jack Wilshere and Carlos Sanchez remain unreliable due to their injury problems.

Not to forget, Pedro Obiang has left the club to join Sassuolo, leaving Pellegrini short of options who excel defensively. That’s when the signing of Hayden would make sense for the east Londoners.

The 24-year-old would ensure that West Ham’s midfield is not lacking in defensive options and enable them to win the battles in the middle of the park with his combative approach.

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The potential partnership of Rice and Hayden in the midfield could open up opportunities for a more attacking formation, which enables a style of football Pellegrini likes to play.

As Pellegrini’s side is a bit attack-heavy, the ex-Arsenal man’s addition would add stability to the side and improve the Hammers’ midfield options.


At 24, Hayden could be a player to invest in a present and future impact player for West Ham.