Newcastle midfielder 'in limbo' after move blocked

Isaac Hayden still wants to leave Newcastle United, according to a report.

Friday, 17th August 2018, 8:52 am
Updated Friday, 17th August 2018, 9:00 am
Isaac Hayden.

The midfielder asked to leave several months ago for "family reasons".

“The club know my stance," said Hayden, who was a target for Brighton and Hove Albion.

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"I spoke to them at the start of the summer. I spoke to the manager, I spoke to the club.

“I let them know about the situation. I’ve done my bit for the club. I helped the club get promoted and I helped the club stay in the Premier League last season.

“I just hope that they can find a solution to help me with my situation. If not, I’m a professional, so I’m going to do my job, but they know my stance. It’s not changed.”

United manager Rafa Benitez, however, turned down the 23-year-old's request.

Benitez said: "He knows that he has to stay."

The transfer window closed last week, but Hayden could still move abroad or to a Championship club.

The Mirror report that Hayden, left out of Benitez's squad for last weekend's season-opener at Tottenham Hotspur, still wants to leave United.

Stoke City and Aston Villa are reportedly interested in Hayden, signed two years ago from Arsenal.