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‘Clubs I want to go to are waiting’ – 23-year-old Aston Villa-target desperate to leave in January

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Isaac Hayden has expressed his desire to leave Newcastle in January but admitted he’s forced to abide by the club’s decision. The 23-year-old handed in a transfer request at the start of the season, citing a desire to be nearer to his family in South Wales, and he reiterated to the Chronicle that he’s waiting for the Magpies to allow him a move before the January transfer window shuts.

He said: “It is what it is. I can’t change it. It’s up to the football club. We’ve had on-going discussions and there’s only days left now. The clubs that are interested in me are waiting, and the clubs that I want to go to are waiting. It’s just a case of whether Newcastle say: ‘Yeah, you can go’. If they say that, I can go. That’s where it is really.

“Whatever happens, I’m just going to enjoy playing football and work as hard as I can in training, and in the games. That’s all I can do. If it’s not in January, then we’ve got three months until the end of the season and I’ll give 100 per cent if I’m called upon. If I’m not, then I’m not.”

West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa are interested in the wantaway defensive-midfielder. Villa could be offloading Mile Jedinak, Glenn Whelan and Birkir Bjarnason in one of the two transfer windows of 2019. Jedinak has been linked with a return to Australia, Whelan is out of contract in the summer and Bjarnason is available for sale this month.

There’s no guarantee that Hayden will be granted a move, however, as he’s been a regular for Newcastle in recent weeks and no replacement has been signed by the club. The former England u21 international has played in the Magpies’ last five games due to injuries to Jonjo Shelvey, Mohamed Diame and Ki Sung-yueng, so Newcastle won’t want to lose Hayden just yet.

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