Steve Bruce once admitted being desperate to sign Isaac Hayden, now Aston Villa reportedly want him

Isaac Hayden of Newcastle in action during the Pre-season friendly between SC Braga and Newcastle on August 1, 2018 in Braga, Portugal.

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith is reportedly trying to sign Isaac Hayden from Newcastle United.

Steve Bruce the head coach

Aston Villa are said to be interested in signing former Steve Bruce favourite Isaac Hayden, according to the Daily Mirror.

Bruce had Hayden during his younger years, when on a loan spell at Hull City, and he would be able to tell Villa all about the midfielder’s quality.

Indeed, Bruce once went on record to Sky Sports to suggest that he would have absolutely loved to sign Hayden, which should encourage Villa that the move is worth pursuing.


“I've already been on to Arsenal because I'd love to make it permanent if I could,” Bruce said back in 2016, when in charge at Hull.

"I'd make it permanent tomorrow if that was possible. I desperately want to hang on to him. In an ideal world he'd want to be playing every week but he's started last weekend and again.

"He's a very good young player, who's progressing all the time."

Newcastle player Isaac Hayden in action during a pre-season friendly match between Hull City and Newcastle United at KCOM Stadium on July 24, 2018 in Hull, England.

Hayden wants out at Newcastle United, and Villa are now prepared to offer him an escape route.

If Villa can complete a deal it is sure to be a transfer that Bruce looks on at with envy.

Bruce left Villa back in October, and Dean Smith is trying to make amendments to his squad.

Smith appears to feel that another central midfielder could be required if Villa are to be promoted.

The claret and blues are currently in 10th place in the Championship table, five points away from the play off spots.

Isaac Hayden of Newcastle United (14)  controls the ball during the FA Cup Third Round match between Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers at St. James Park on January 05, 2019 in...

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