Newcastle United given sales boost as Premier League rivals ‘explore’ forgotten Magpies player

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Newcastle United could have the opportunity to free up some room on the wage bill this summer.

Newcastle United still have some time to clear up their wage bill before the transfer window slams shut next week. They’ve enjoyed a strong recruitment drive so far but there are still some names on the outgoing list who the club are looking to shift.

It’s not been an easy task so far either, as some recruits from Rafa Benitez and Steve Bruce’s time at the club are still on the books.

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Allan Saint-Maximin is the latest of just three players to leave for a transfer fee this summer, joining Chris Wood and Karl Darlow out the door for a cash sum. Matty Longstaff and Ciaran Clark were both released, while six players have headed out on loan for the summer.

The Magpies do still have quite a stacked roster though and they are pushing to sign off on some last minute sales before the summer deadline. The likes of Jamaal Lascelles and Javier Manquillo have been attracting interest and now there’s another senior player who Newcastle could cash in on.

According to the Daily Mail’s Craig Hope, Premier League new boys Luton Town are ‘exploring a move’ for Isaac Hayden, who has completely fallen away from Eddie Howe’s first team. The 28-year-old midfielder, who joined the club back in 2016, has slipped down the pecking order and spent last season out on loan with Norwich City.

Hayden has not been involved in Newcastle’s senior side this season and despite having three years left on his contract, he has been training with the team’s U21s. He has been on the list to depart but no solid reports had emerged regarding his exit.

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Now though, Luton have registered their interest in signing him this summer and he would likely get a shot at a regular starting position, in comparison to how far he has been elbowed out of this Newcastle side with their hefty engine room.

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