Darren Bent claimed Newcastle United could live without midfielder Isaac Hayden while discussing West Ham’s interest in him.
Speaking exclusively with Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former England striker admitted that he thought Hayden had only managed to do okay at St James’ Park.
It was recently reported that West Ham are keen on Hayden as they’re monitoring him as they want to add more depth to their midfield options.
Hayden changed his mind about wanting to leave the Magpies in the summer and was believed to be set for contract talks, but as of yet, he hasn’t signed a new deal.
Bent acknowledged that the Magpies were in a dangerous situation with Hayden with West Ham keen on him but then suggested they’d cope without him.
Do you think Newcastle are in a dangerous situation with Hayden as a new contract hasn’t been sorted out since he changed his mind about staying and now West Ham are keen again, Bent told Football Insider: “Yeah unless Newcastle have other ideas about who they want to get.
“Because Isaac Hayden is a weird one, I think he has done okay, but I wouldn’t say he has been one of their best players.
“He hasn’t become so important that Newcastle can’t live without him as I think they can.
“But yeah it’s surprising that West Ham are linked to another holding midfield player.”
Hayden has only missed three league games this season for the Magpies and that was due to him being suspended after picking up a red card against Leicester City.
The 24-year-old has been at St James’ Park since joining the Magpies from Arsenal in 2016 and he is contracted to stay until 2021.
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