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 on Tyneside today ahead of a move to United.
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.
It was not a difficult deicison at all. Rafa is a world-class manager.Jesus Gamez
The Gazette first revealed United’s interest in Hayden on June 21.
Meanwhile, Gamez – who had a nine-year first-team career at Malaga before joining Atletico two years ago – 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. In Spain, we consider Newcastle to be one of the big clubs in England.
“It is a historical club that has had the misfortune of finding itself in the Championship this year.
“But it is a club that needs to be in the Premier League because that is where its historical potential is.”