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).