Report – Newcastle In Shock Move To Sign Arsenal Defender


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

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?

Comments welcome.



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56 comments so far

  • The one and Ayoze 17

    Jul 8, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #1

    Will be a good addition. Maybe Tiotes on his way? Or maybe for cover if it’s a loan deal. The same article also says that Hanley is in Austria with Blackburn so not sure how close we are to signing him.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 8, 2016 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #2

    Interesting stuff. I would say Dummett is improving NUFCPaul mate. I’m not sure he has the pace to be a top LB but good cover at CB, especially with Rafa to bring him on. Haidara has been so knackered with injuries it’s hard to assess him. I’ll wait and see how he does this coming season.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 8, 2016 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #3

    I wouldn’t want to part with Tiote yet. I hope we keep him until we’re back in the Prem.

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  • hibbitt

    Jul 8, 2016 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #4

    it Tiote go’s i would like to see Mbemba take his role and a new CB Hanley or Hayden go in the back four we need that bit of experience at the back we still need a LB

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 8, 2016 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #5

    For me, we’re signing much better players already under Rafa. We should have been doing this years ago with a proper manager instead of the dodgy head coach monkey business..

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  • The one and Ayoze 17

    Jul 8, 2016 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #6

    Out of all of our average midfielders he’s the one I’d like to keep the most aswell, just reading between the lines, Hayden’s natural position is apparently DM so if it’s a permanent deal I suspect Tiote might be off as I doubt either of them will want to be back up. Might just be a loan though for added cover.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 8, 2016 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #7

    For me Hayden might go into the reserves at first. He seems to have lost his way a bit over the last couple of seasons.

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  • The one and Ayoze 17

    Jul 8, 2016 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #8

    I haven’t seen much of him but heard he’s highly rated and hull where back in for him for another loan spell, so I’m not sure he’d give up first team football to come and sit in our reserves. You never know though, money talks.

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  • The one and Ayoze 17

    Jul 8, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #9

    Plus we’ve got the Rafa factor.

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  • Back Door Man

    Jul 8, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #10

    Funlovingexpress @ 18 previous thread – but Manuel is MY term of affection.

    So, not only do we have  Humour Death Squad abroad, but the Righteous Speech Brigade are on ‘mopping-up duty’ in their wake.  Whatever next?  The Thought Police!

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 8, 2016 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #11

    Haha Santon doesn’t fancy the mackem move after all bless him

    Wenger may not actually care about the youth development at Arsenal right now tbf it’s unlikely he will be there for more than this coming season so we might have a shot getting this lad long term who knows

    Him and Hanley could be fine business, touch young overall at CB but plenty of experience I suppose

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 8, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #12

    BDM

    it’s just boring mate and it’s what other fans call him when they’re putting him down.

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  • Belfast

    Jul 8, 2016 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #13

    Santon said no thanks! ?

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  • Belfast

    Jul 8, 2016 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #14

    😉

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 8, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #15

    You could be right Ayoze mate. I think it depends which of the MF we part with. I think De Jong will go but I would hand on to Tiote for this coming season. We can’t part with Gru as his wage is ridiculous so he’ll have to play unless he completely fails to do the job under Rafa. It’s nice to have options though.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 8, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #16

    Should read I would hang on to Tiote for this season. I think Rafa will try to.

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  • JAMSHA

    Jul 8, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #17

    Newcastle United have handed promising
    young goalkeeper Otto Huuhtanen a one-
    week trail.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 8, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #18

    wwsbrd
    where did you hear that about santon mate?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 8, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #19

    Santon has more sense than to go to Sunderland 😆

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  • Belfast

    Jul 8, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #20

    It’s on sky sports transfer centre. Sunderland released a statement about it.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 8, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #21

    SPRINGY
    Mackem home page and sky sports, deal is dead mate (for now at least)

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 8, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #22

    I would have preferred Samu Volotenen over Otto Huutanen. Harrumph.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 8, 2016 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #23

    Otto is only 16. Must be very decent prospect?

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 8, 2016 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #24

    haha…cheers lads…..been out most of the day so only heard little snippets of info on deals,glad about gamez,no nowt about the youngins and not heard anything about hanley and the arsenal kid for a while now

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 8, 2016 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #25

    This Hayden lad a CB or a CDM?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 8, 2016 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #26

    He can play either WWSBRD mate. I think he prefers the midfield.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 8, 2016 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #27

    SPRINGY
    No bother mate

    GeordieTwo
    A bit like Dier then? Similar style do u know? My knowledge on him is nil (thought he was a different player if am honest no am scrambling to recall ever seeing him)

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 8, 2016 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #28

    There’s not much info on him WWSBRD mate. Can play RB. Valued at 500K euros according to transfer markt. Played for England at U16 through U21 level.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 8, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #29

    Apparently Hayden also likes cheese, pirate movies, and Morris dancing in the moonlight. That’s about all I can find on him……

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 8, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #30

    GeordieTwo
    Ah so it’s not just me then, I assumed he was some wonder lad I’d missed. Well let’s hope for a surprise package if we get him

    Seems to of played plenty for Hull which must be a good thing, they did well last season after all

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  • lesh

    Jul 8, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #31

    I think the story about Hayden’s all for Blackburn’s consumption, something for them to think about when negotiating

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 8, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #32

    Haha who doesn’t like Morris dancing in the moonlight tbf

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 8, 2016 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #33

    ive read that the hayden lad prefers def mid but can play cb and right back,but thats just what ive read…so could be utter bollicks for all i know!lol

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 8, 2016 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #34

    wonder if santons agent is tapping up the toon and boro while he’s in the area??

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  • lesh

    Jul 8, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #35

    WWSBRD

    It’ll be Santon’s missus’s put the block on his move to Blunderland. She’s a Gateshead lass and probably a toon leaning girl.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 8, 2016 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #36

    If he’s very good Arsenal will probably only loan him to us. I think we still have bigger fish to fry yet. A large halibut possibly…..

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 8, 2016 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #37

    So, you’re saying you don’t like cheese or pirate movies then WWSBRD mate?

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 8, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #38

    with regards to santon… the mackems stopped the kone deal over how much they wanted to pay….so would’nt be surprised if they go back in with an extra fiver and a bag of cheesey chips to try and seal the deal.

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  • The one and Ayoze 17

    Jul 8, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #39

    Geordie two – I think a lot will depend on who goes, although Rafa does like to play with 2 CDM so maybe it will be between Hayden, Tiote and colback fighting for 2 spots and shelvey, de Jong and Perez fighting for the place ahead of them. (I expect wijnaldum and sissoko to both leave) which would be a decent enough midfield for the season.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 8, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #40

    Well done, Santon. If he has definitely turned them down?

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