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Isaac Hayden has reiterated his desire to leave Newcastle United in the summer, further alerting Aston Villa and West Brom to his services.
The 24-year-old has starred in the Premier League this season after a loan move in January was blocked because Newcastle couldn’t find an adequate replacement.
But in an interview with the club’s programme before the Crystal Palace game, Hayden spoke about the gruelling trips he had been making while commuting from London to Tyneside to play for the Magpies.
Speaking about his daughter Adriana, Hayden said: “She’s a one-year-old who’s used to doing five-hour journeys.
“Most one-year-olds would be kicking and screaming not happy at all.
“But she’s used to doing it.
“I’m sitting here looking at her thinking this isn’t fair on you anymore.”
Speaking about his future, Hayden then said: “I think I’ve made it very clear to the club’s hierarchy and the fans.
“I’ve got my side of the story out – I’ve made it pretty clear how things go.
“I don’t think there’ll be many questions.
“I don’t think summer’s going to be an issue.
“It’s pretty well documented how I feel.
“But it won’t change my mentality.
“When I wasn’t playing, when I got sent off, when I was playing, when I was in the stands, it didn’t change my mentality of training hard and doing the correct things and it never will.
“That won’t change, even if I didn’t play another game or kick another ball for Newcastle.
“That’s just how I am.”
Villa and Albion both tried to sign Hayden in the last transfer window on loan but were knocked back.
Albion signed Stefan Johansen instead while Villa signed Tom Carroll – both on loan.