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.
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.
Expecting this deal to be confirmed over the weekend. Very close. https://t.co/NrYfLcOpIe
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) July 8, 2016
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?