Hull City are hoping to sign Isaac Hayden on a permanent basis, in what is becoming one of the strangest loan deals to involve an Arsenal player.
The 20 year joined The Tigers at the start of the season, but only started six games in the Championship, leading to reports at the end of December that he was going to be sent back to London to finalise another move to an unnamed club.
“Isaac wants to play and I haven’t been able to play him enough,” said manager Steve Bruce.
“I’m disappointed and sad that we’re losing him because I do believe he could have played a big part in the second half of the season but he wants to play now.”
A few days later, the potential move he was going to make fell through, and he remained at the KC Stadium with Bruce saying, “It’s not done and dusted with Isaac – as far as we’re concerned he stays with us. We’ve got an agreement with Arsenal that if a club can guarantee him first-team football then the boy wants to play.”
Now, Bruce wants to sign him outright, telling the Hull Daily Mail, “I’ve already been on to Arsenal because I’d love to make it permanent if I could.
“I’d make it permanent tomorrow if that was possible. I desperately want to hang on to him. In an ideal world he’d want to be playing every week but he’s started last weekend and again.
“He’s a very good young player, who’s progressing all the time.”
It remains to be seen if Arsenal are willing to sanction a deal of that nature, but by the end of this week Hayden will probably have sold his left half to Brighton, his right to Charlton, and his image rights to some pervy photographer who makes him dress up as a fireman.
It’s all very odd.