The newspaper claims that the 24-year-old is set to begin pre season with the rest of the squad in China next week, despite having made it clear to former boss Rafael Benitez and Magpies managing director Lee Charnley that he wants to leave the club.
The former Arsenal man has a long-held desire to move down south to be closer to his young family, but despite interest from Watford, no departure has yet been agreed.
If former Sunderland chief Bruce gets the Newcastle job as expected, it’s thought that Hayden will want to sit down with him to finally secure a move away.
It’s really a sad situation which has developed for Hayden over the last year and change at Newcastle. You do wonder if him being a nice guy, acting professionally and playing well has actually harmed him in his desire to leave the north east giants. You only have to look at Marko Arnautovic kicking up at West Ham United this summer and getting the lucrative move he wanted to China. Hayden, on the other hand, has been a model professional, a huge player for Benitez’s team over the second half of last season, yet he’s still stuck where he’s always been. It must be hugely frustrating when him, when all he wants is to be closer to his fiancé and young daughter. That’s no crime, and it’s nothing against Newcastle as a club. Hopefully, if Bruce does get appointed, Hayden can sit down with him – who he worked with during a loan spell at Hull City earlier in his career – and figure out a way for him to be able to get the move he desires, with Watford a perfect destination.