Tottenham are amongst the group of London-based sides interested in taking Isaac Hayden away from Newcastle this summer after the midfielder's outstanding second-half of the season at St James' Park, according to the Chronicle.
Hayden has been linked with leaving the Magpies for a while now due to personal reasons. But he has not let his desire to leave have an impact on his performances. In fact, he has arguably played the best football of his Newcastle career in the last few months.
The 24-year-old formed a brilliant partnership with Sean Longstaff shortly around the turn of the year, and has since been just as impressive alongside Ki Sung-yueng.
Unsurprisingly therefore, the Chronicle reports that he has a number of options to pick from this summer, with Spurs joining West Ham United and Crystal Palace in the race for the £20 million-rated star.
The report adds that Rafa Benitez will do everything to convince Hayden to stay if he himself sticks around. But with two years left on his contract, it may become the right time to sell if the right bid comes in.
Of course, it may be a slightly controversial move if Mauricio Pochettino manages to sign Hayden given that he began his career at Arsenal, and only left permanently when he joined Newcastle in 2016.
That may put some supporters off. But it may also be incredibly satisfying for Spurs fans if they could get the best out of an incredibly-talented player that the Gunners discarded without ever really giving him a chance, especially at a time when they could probably do with him in their ranks.
It must be noted that there may be some Spurs fans who feel that they would prefer the club to set their sights higher as they look to build upon on an upcoming Champions League final appearance. But perhaps, paying £20 million for Hayden could prove to be a real masterstroke if Tottenham can get a deal done.
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