Queens Park Rangers Deal Hits Major Stumbling Block

Queens Park Rangers are hoping to secure the signing of Isaac Hayden on a permanent basis this summer after his successful loan stint at Loftus Road last term, according to reports.

The Arsenal academy graduate made the temporary switch to West London back in February on transfer deadline day, having been recalled to St. James’ Park from his loan spell in Belgium with Standard Liege. Hayden was instrumental to the side’s fight for survival as QPR climbed out of the relegation zone and eventually finished six points above the bottom three, maintaining their status in England’s second tier for at least another year.

Upon the expiration of his loan deal, the versatile midfielder wrote a parting message on social media to the club’s fans, keeping the door open for a possible return in the future.

“It is a time I will always remember and hold onto very fondly. Who knows what the future may bring but it’s been an honour and I’m sure this club is going one way and that’s up.”

Chronicle Live reported back in May that a permanent deal between Newcastle United and Queens Park Rangers this summer was a realistic option as the Premier League side are open to selling Hayden before the transfer window closes at the end of next month. The 29-year-old hasn’t played a single competitive game for the Magpies since the 2021/22 campaign.

News around the possible transfer had gone cold until this afternoon when The Northern Echo revealed that, while QPR are keen to bring the former Norwich City loanee back to the club this summer, a deal is now unlikely as the Championship side cannot afford to match his current wages at Newcastle.

Writer’s View

Hayden was a key player under Marti Cifuentes during the second half of the previous campaign as Queens Park Rangers managed to turn their fortunes around and survive in the Championship for another year. The experienced midfielder made 17 appearances for QPR throughout these four months.

However, Hayden is a Premier League player on top-flight wages. He currently boasts a market value of £1.3 million, as per Transfermarkt, which would be pricey enough for the London club, but mixed with his supposed £50,000 per week wages, this deal is certainly unlikely.

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