Arsenal defender on Tyneside for medical ahead of move to Newcastle United

Imminent Newcastle signing Isaac Hayden in action for Hull in the Championship last season

Imminent Newcastle signing Isaac Hayden in action for Hull in the Championship last season

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Newcastle United are set to follow the capture of Jesus Gamez with a fifth summer signing – Arsenal’s Isaac Hayden.

Gamez yesterday signed a two-year deal at St James’s Park after arriving from Atletico Madrid.

The 31-year-old full-back said it was an easy decision to sign and play for “world-class” Rafa Benitez, who has also convinced Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie and Matz Sels to sign for the relegated club.

And Hayden is due to undergo a medical today ahead of a move to the Tynesiders.

The versatile 21-year-old can also play at full-back and as a defensive midfielder.

Hayden has knows the Championship from a season-long loan at Hull City last term.

Meanwhile, Gamez – who had a nine-year first-team career at Malaga before joining Atletico in 2014 – feels he is suited to the demands of English football. “It was not a difficult decision at all,” said Gamez.

“Considering the type of player I am, I think I am a really good match for English football. I am really happy to have the opportunity to play in England.

“Rafa is a world-class manager, someone who knows what he is doing, and that gives you the confidence that there is a project here – not just for this season, but also for the future. I am looking forward to working with him.”

Newcastle have also signed two players for their U21 squad – forward Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, who had a spell at Chelsea last season, and defender Stuart Findlay, released by Celtic.

Newcastle send a team to Bradford Park Avenue for a friendly tomorrow (3pm).