By Will Butcher
Arsenal centre-back Isaac Hayden is set to sign a five-year contract with Newcastle after undergoing a medical, according to a report.
The 21-year-old, who spent last season on-loan at Hull City, is on Tyneside currently to complete a reported £2.5million deal.
The Evening Chronicle claim the signing of Hayden comes after the Magpies’ talks with Blackburn captain Grant Hanley were said to have stalled.
Sky Sports News presenter Pete Graves wrote on his personal Twitter account that Hayden was set to put pen to paper on a contract that will keep him at St. James’ Park until 2021.
The Gunners’ trainee made 24 Championship appearances for Steve Bruce’s Hull side as The Tigers gained promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt.
Rafael Benitez will be hoping that Hayden can use this experience to guide the Magpies to a similar outcome.
As well as making two appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side, Hayden has played his way through England’s youth ranks up to the under-20 level. The defender can also play at full-back and his solid technique has seen him occupy the holding midfield role, too.
Hayden, who originally had 12 months on his deal at The Emirates, will become Benitez’s fifth summer signing after Benitez announced the signing of Champions League defender Jesus Gamez from Atletico Madrid on Friday.
The former Real Madrid manager has also signed Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle and goalkeeper Matz Sels as the Magpies look to secure a promotion place.
In other Newcastle news, goalkeeper Tim Krul could leave St. James’ Park with this Premier League side interested.