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Isaac Hayden Signing Close – To Have Medical Today

8:27 am, Saturday, July 9th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 28 Comments

Both the Chronicle and the Shields Gazette are reporting the signing of defender Isaac Hayden from Arsenal is close and should be completed either today or tomorrow.

This will be Newcastle’s second defender signed within a couple of days, after 31 year-old Jesus Gamez was reported as a Newcastle player around lunchtime yesterday on an initial two year deal.

Hayden will be the fifth overall signing by Rafa Benitez within a short 9 days, as Newcastle are quickly adding quality and quantity to their Championship squad.

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Isaac Hayden – could sign today

The versatile 21-year-old defender can play at right-back, center-back or defensive midfield and he is highly rated after a good season-long loan spell at Hull City last season.

Isaac played 24 games for the Tigers in their successful promotion drive.

And last night the Chronicle’s Lee Ryder tweeted that the deal for Isaac Hayden was close.

The big question Newcastle fans have is whether it’s a permanent signing or a loan signing.

We would prefer it to be a permanent deal, but we cannot see Arsene Wenger allowing one of his top young players to leave the north London club permanently this summer, so expect it to turn out to be a season long loan.

We hope we are wrong on that.

Since the Newcastle squad are due to leave for their training camp in Ireland today, we are sure the Tyneside club would like to get Isaac signed today.

But with four quality signings already completed this summer it would appear that a certain Rafa Benitez is a big attraction at Newcastle.


What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Championship · Contracts · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

28 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jib // Jul 9, 2016 at 8:33 AM

    We don’t know what goes on behind closed doors nor should we – it’s none of our business.

    However there are loads of pointers to a sea change of attitude at NUFC if you have the wit to look for them.

    The most obvious current one is the way transfers are handled.

    Four top quality players in and signed and training with the squad , in the first week of the window after a barely a ripple of rumour.
    Previously they would have been strung out over at least a fortnight and milked for every drop of publicity and self promoting kudos .
    The Benton upgrade
    The coaching staff improvements
    The communication with the fans
    The interface with the local community

    and loads more

  • 2 hibbitt // Jul 9, 2016 at 8:35 AM

    Rafa’s building a squad for the job in hand……. promotion
    nothing else matters
    don’t care what the fifa /football manager lot think about the players he’s signing if Rafa thinks a player will do the job in hand that will do for me

  • 3 Rotonda heights // Jul 9, 2016 at 8:37 AM


    All very good and salient points there. rafa is the best thing to hit this club in a very long time.

  • 4 Jib // Jul 9, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    I think Hayden could be the first part of a deal with Arsenal which will culminate in Sissoko joining Wenger.
    Patrick Viera was a huge favourite at Highbury Moussa could be perceived as his replacement at the Emirates

  • 5 Laurent Robert 32 // Jul 9, 2016 at 8:40 AM

    He most certainly is, Rotonda.

    The difference is black and white – pardon the pun.

  • 6 welshgeordie9 // Jul 9, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    If sissoko and Gini go, do you think we need to replace them or have we got enough.

  • 7 welshgeordie9 // Jul 9, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    The thing is we haven’t been linked with any players if those two leave.

  • 8 welshgeordie9 // Jul 9, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    This is going to be the best transfer window ever thanks to Rafa, when was the last time we signed 4 players, nearly 6 with Hayden possibly Hanley before first pre season friendly, what a Squad we’ve got this season.

  • 9 Jib // Jul 9, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    Keep your eys peeled folks

    This coming Wednesday teatime the EFL reveal their live Championship matches on TV until the end of September !

  • 10 croftus5678 // Jul 9, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    atm its frightening the quality we have in the team !

    rafas going into fine details on all aspects of the club and in honesty even wor bobby was not this precise.

    i’m expecting as i always have to lose sissoko , wijnaldum , janmaat and krul but ill have to admit now i’m even doubting they will go at all ! not for them wanting to go but purely for the rafa effect as he gets what he wants.

  • 11 Jib // Jul 9, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    Ha ha ha
    Santon refused to have a relegation paycut written in his contract at the Stadium of Shyte.
    Well done Davide


  • 12 Jib // Jul 9, 2016 at 9:00 AM

  • 13 nut meg // Jul 9, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    He looks the part,easy on the eye, quick,strong,cool in possession etc
    Here’s a link.

  • 14 Lindisfarne // Jul 9, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    Gotta cash in on Krul, so I expect to see him playing in friendlies if fit and to put him in shop window. He came through the academy so will be very profitable, we have plenty of cover and he has not played with the current backline, or new.

  • 15 WWSBRD // Jul 9, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    Could be a good signing I’ve no idea

    I do enjoy a flurry of signings though haha. Still reckon we need 3 more after it and to clear the decks a bit, still a heap of crap in that squad

  • 16 Slank // Jul 9, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    Welshgeordie @ 8

    ‘Going to be the best transfer window ever..’

    Since the last one you mean ?

    There have been too many false dawns.

    Like the military often quote words to the effect that ‘No battle plan ever survives contact with the enemy’ similarly the joys of the fans with transfer activity rarely if ever survive following contact with the opposition in the first half of the season.

    There are always duds. I wonder which one of the current batch will get the raspberry.

  • 17 jazzyp // Jul 9, 2016 at 9:14 AM


    That can be said for any signing Nufc make pal.
    One player can be a hit at one club and be a failure at another.
    Unfortunately were not in the higher echelons of the PL,So Rafa has to build a squad to get us straight back up. At the moment i would say he is doing that, And nothing else should matter.
    Uninspiring players….Maybe, But quality no less for the league we are in

  • 18 jazzyp // Jul 9, 2016 at 9:22 AM

    Miles Starforth ?@milesstarforth · 4m4 minutes ago

    Understand the proposed deal for Isaac Hayden is a permanent one. Not a loan. #nufc #afc

  • 19 sing in the corner // Jul 9, 2016 at 9:22 AM

    Ok I’m getting excited now. This is refreshing …Rafa bucking the trend and signing solid players for the positions we actually need, and doing it as early as possible. Gan on Rafa!
    Howay the lads!!!!

  • 20 Jail for Ashley // Jul 9, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    I wouldn’t say the players are uninspiring at all, we now have players who are joining not to move to a bigger club but to be a part of Rafas bigger picture for the future, did people honestly think we’d manage to persuade the very best of Europe’s top leagues to play in the Championship. I think some people need to take a reality check. See Jib has finally realised the club is moving in the right direction and can do nothing to stop it.

  • 21 martoon // Jul 9, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    Who’s a big black dick who’s a sex machine with all the chicks – Shaft (one for the older readers) 🙂

  • 22 WWSBRD // Jul 9, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Isn’t a loan deal? Am more impressed

  • 23 sing in the corner // Jul 9, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Hahahaha!! 🙂

    I’m actually surprised the other way,didn’t think we’d get players of the calibration we are getting! Rafa’s powers no know bounds..
    As I’ve said before, I do love a good messiah. Easily excited I guess..

  • 24 sing in the corner // Jul 9, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Ffs calibration?? Calibre…

  • 25 Slank // Jul 9, 2016 at 9:29 AM


    That’s true. Luck de Jong and Jon Dahl Tomasson are perfect examples.

    The standout activity in this transfer window is not the quality of the players as only time will tell but the way in which the club is doing its business and the timeliness getting them in before the friendlees start.

    Is this because we are in the Championship or the growing influence of Rafa. I like to think it’s the latter.

  • 26 jazzyp // Jul 9, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    I would say they are uninspiring signings to what we have been signing over the last few seasons.
    Some people need to take a reality check !!

  • 27 jimmysmith // Jul 9, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    “big black dick” hahaha, very good, but more precisely Martoon, it’s “Who’s the black private dick, that’s a sex machine to all the chicks? Shaft!

  • 28 jimmysmith // Jul 9, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    The major difference being we are buying for depth and balance, as you’d expect, and yeah early, that’s a big bonus.

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