The Chronicle is reporting tonight that Newcastle United are very close to a deal to sign Arsenal’s versatile young defender Isaac Hayden – who can play at center-back, right-back or in defensive midfield.
We were linked with Isaac a few weeks ago and at that time it looked like it would be a season-long loan deal, but it’s not clear if this will be a permanent transfer or a loan deal if indeed Newcastle do sign him.
Isaac Hayden – 21 year-old Arsenal utility defender
The Chelmsford-born player fits the type of player Rafa is looking for this summer, as he played well on loan at Hull City last term.
Hayden’s contract with Arsenal runs out in the summer of next year and the Chronicle is reporting tonight that Newcastle have pipped Hull to his signature – so it looks like if a deal has not been completed it’s very close to being finalized.
But we find it hard to believe that Arsene Wenger would let such a promising young player leave Arsenal permanently at this point, but maybe Benitez can negotiate a loan deal with an option to buy.
We’d prefer a permanent transfer now.
While on loan at Hull City last term he made 24 appearances with a single goal for the Tigers – and he’s the type of player Benitez could turn into an excellent player for Newcastle.
We’d prefer that rather than turning the lad into an excellent player for Arsenal by having him on loan for a season.
However, we’re sure a lot of savvy managers like Wenger would be only too willing to have Rafa Benitez coach one of their promising young stars for a year in the Championship.
Issac is a strong-looking player who stands just short of 6ft 2ins and has represented England at U-16, U-17, U-18, U-19 and U-20 levels – with 19 youth caps in total.
If this report is accurate in the Chronicle he could be a surprise signing for Newcastle.
The Magpies apparently still want to sign center-back Glenn Hanley, who is currently part of a training camp in Austria with Blackburn Rovers.
What do you think?