Report: Newcastle's Isaac Hayden hands in transfer request

A general view of St James' Park during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St James' Park on May 15, 2016 in Newcastle, England.

The Newcastle United midfielder is said to want to move further south for 'exceptional family reasons'.

Isaac Hayden of Newcastle United arrives prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and AFC Bournemouth at St. James Park on November 4, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Isaac Hayden has handed in a transfer request at Newcastle United, according to the Daily Mirror (liveblog entry 09:23).

The newspaper claims Hayden has held face-to-face talks with Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez and is looking to move further south, stressing his decision is 'purely for exceptional family reasons'.

And it notes the 23-year-old has made clear 'how much he likes St James’s Park, the club’s fans and Benitez'.

Chelmsford-born Hayden began his professional career at Arsenal, but moved north with Hull in 2015 and on to Newcastle on a permanent basis the following year.

Isaac Hayden of Newcastle United applauds the travelling fans after the Premier League match between Southampton and Newcastle United at St Mary's Stadium on October 15, 2017 in...

The former England Under-21 international helped the Magpies to the Championship title in his first season on Tyneside and made 26 appearances back in the Premier League last term.

Hayden's departure could leave Newcastle on the lookout for another central midfielder, having already signed Ki Sung-yueng to replace the outgoing Mikel Merino.

Ki Sung-Yueng of Swansea City celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the Premier League match between Swansea City and West Ham United at Liberty Stadium on March 3, 2018 in...

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