By North-east correspondent Harry Sykes
Newcastle have made an offer to Arsenal’s versatile squad player Isaac Hayden, according to a report.
The Chronicle claim The Magpies are closing in on the 21-year-old as they aim to tie up a third defender signing this week.
Newcastle completed the signing of Champions League right-back Jesus Gamez on a free transfer from Atletico Madrid on Friday and they are also working on a deal for Blackburn centre-back Grant Hanley.
Hayden spent the 2015-16 season on loan at Hull and is viewed as a player that can bring Championship experience to the table for Newcastle this season.
It is reported that it is not known whether the deal being discussed with Arsenal is a season-long loan or a permanent move for Hayden, who can operate at centre-back, right-back or defensive midfield.
Hayden’s contract with Arsenal runs in summer 2017 and Newcastle are confident of beating Hull to his signature, with Steve Bruce attempting to sign him last January.
Newcastle are also keen to add Hanley to their defender list and they are in talks with Blackburn about a deal for the Scotland international.
First-team manager Rafa Benitez has also brought in Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle and Matz Sels in an attempt to return the north east side to the Premier League in his first attempt.
In other Newcastle news, Coventry manager Tony Mowbray hopes his side can take the Magpies Adam Armstrong on loan.