An exclusive on Saturday morning has revealed that Isaac Hayden has asked for a transfer.
The Mirror have broken the story and on this occasion it rings true.
The midfielder started 28 Championship games and looked very decent playing alongside Jonjo Shelvey.
However, last season was a different story.
Isaac Hayden started 14 of the opening 21 Premier League matches and looked poor to average.
The step up to the top tier could be put forward as one reason but he wasn’t really playing at even the level he had shown in the Championship.
In 2018 he only started one league match, the defeat at Man City in January, then was given only a handful of sub appearances.
The Mirror say that Isaac Hayden has spoken to Rafa Benitez and explained his reasons.
The report stating that the player’s motivation for the transfer request is solely due to ‘exceptional family reasons.’
Isaac Hayden has asked to leave Newcastle after handing in a transfer request.
Hayden has made it clear how much he likes St James’s Park, the club’s fans and has the utmost respect for Newcastle boss Benitez.
But ex-Arsenal trainee Hayden, who was born in Chelmsford, is looking to move further south after putting in the request on Friday.
The club is aware of the issue and Hayden is hoping that he is able to move during this transfer window.
Hayden established himself last season as a mainstay in Newcastle’s Premier League starting line-up, having helped them to win promotion and the Championship in 2017.
Ex-England under-21 star Hayden has three years left on the deal he signed at Newcastle in 2016 having made huge strides as a holding midfielder under Benitez.