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