Newcastle United have now officially activated the recall clause in Isaac Hayden’s loan deal at Standard Liege, sources have told Football Insider.
The 28-year-old’s deal with the Belgium side has been terminated in order for him to move to a new club on loan this month.
The Magpies are preparing for the defensive midfielder to join a Championship club.
Birmingham City, Sheffield Wednesday, Plymouth Argyle and Blackburn Rovers have all registered their interest in signing him before the cut-off.
Hayden is expected to move back to the second tier before the January cut-off.
He has made nine starts from 11 appearances in the Belgian top flight this season.
However, he has only made the line-up once since starting in Standard Liege’s 6-0 humiliation against Royal Antwerp in November.
The Englishman was absent from the squad in Standard’s friendly against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday (9 January).
He has not played for the Magpies since December 2021 following a knee injury and spent last season on loan with Norwich City in the Championship, which was also marred by injury.
Sheffield Wednesday reportedly wanted to bring Hayden to the club on loan in the summer before his move to Belgium, and have now reignited their interest.
Newcastle themselves are eager for loans this month, with Football Insider revealing (2 January) that they are plotting to recruit a centre-back temporarily to ease pressure on their injury-hit backline.
Newcastle sit ninth in the Premier League table following three consecutive defeats and next face Man City at St James’ Park on Saturday (13 January).
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