Newcastle ready to move for rival midfielder attracting interest from elite Premier League clubs

Newcastle United Head Coach Eddie Howe speaks to media during the UEFA Champions League Press Conference at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on September 18, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)
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Newcastle have expressed interest in Middlesbrough midfielder Hayden Hackney, according to reports.

The Magpies closely observed the 21-year-old during Middlesbrough's recent League Cup clash against Chelsea, with scouts in attendance at the match being impressed with the player’s versatility and attacking prowess.

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Jacque Talbot

Jacque Talbot is a freelance football journalist who predominantly specialises in transfer stories and exclusives. He began his career in 2016 covering the world-renowned Sandbach United, of North West Counties fame, before earning a spot on the sports desks of national papers, where he bounced between several outlets such as Sportbible, the Express, Mirror, and Daily Star. An NCTJ graduate of the News Associates who swapped investigative journalism in the Costa del Sol for football reporting in Northern England, he first wrote for FourFourTwo in December 2023.