Date: 10th April 2019 at 7:30am
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Aston Villa have long been linked with Newcastle United midfielder Isaac Hayden given his personal issues at St James’ Park when it comes to his family and young daughter.

There was speculation during both the summer and January transfer windows to my memory, linking us with a potential battle with West Bromwich Albion in particular when it came to capturing the services of the 24-year-old, but ultimately it seems that no deal could be done – even though Rafa Benitez was open to doing one – because the former Liverpool gaffer failed in his search to find a suitable replacement and get a new face in through their door.

Speaking recently to their matchday programme ahead of the Crystal Palace game (via the Birmingham Mail), Hayden took the opportunity to restate why his situation was a concern and ultimately why it hadn’t changed, so whether or not head coach Dean Smith does have an interest in the player, fans can expect the rumour mill to kick into high gear when the summer approaches.

“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. 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.”

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