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Newcastle United now have a buyer for a £1.5m player but there’s a catch

Newcastle United now have a buyer for a £1.5m player but there’s a catch

Newcastle United are looking to trim down their squad ahead of pre-season.

It has already been a summer of change at St James’ Park. Yankuba Minteh and Elliot Anderson have been sold, while Paul Mitchell has arrived to become Newcastle United’s sporting director.

There will also be an even bigger departure, with Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi leaving Newcastle after almost three years as co-owners.

Newcastle United are becoming unrecognisable with all these changes, but more are expected. There are still a number of players the Magpies need to sell ahead of the new season as it is clear they have no future at St James’ Park.

Newcastle have three experienced players who need to find new clubs

Ryan Fraser fits into this category as he enters the final year of his Toon contract. Southampton are keen to sign Fraser permanently after his loan spell, but that deal has yet to be finalised.

Jamal Lewis is another player Newcastle are keen to sign after a loan spell. Watford have decided against making a permanent deal for the left-back, and Lewis could now have to train with Newcastle Under-21s when pre-season begins.

And the same goes for Isaac Hayden.

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There is interest in Isaac Hayden

Hayden, who joined Newcastle in 2016 from Arsenal for £1.5m, is on the lookout for a new club.

He has two years remaining on his current Toon contract but it is clear he has no future on Tyneside. The 29-year-old has been loaned out three times since Eddie Howe’s arrival and has not played for the club since December 2021.

Hayden needs a fresh start away from St James’ Park – a permanent home where he can truly settle in. And QPR would be keen to give him that opportunity following his loan spell at Loftus Road, but there is a catch.

According to the Northern Echo, QPR are interested in signing Isaac Hayden permanently from Newcastle United this summer. However, they are unable to match his current salary.

Newcastle may need to pay Hayden

With a contract at Newcastle until 2026, Hayden and the club are in a difficult position. And they need to find a solution as Hayden’s career stalls.

He needs a club he can call home, but that will be difficult given his current wage situation.

One solution would be for Newcastle to take a financial hit and terminate Hayden’s contract early, which would allow him to find a new employer.

For Hayden’s sake, I hope that proves to be the case. He was an exceptional player for Newcastle during a difficult period for the club, and it would be great to see him leave the Magpies and start afresh elsewhere.

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