​Newcastle United have completed their fifth summer signing by landing young Arsenal midfielder Issac Hayden on a five-year contract.


The 21-year-old came through the ranks at Arsenal and was handed his senior debut by Arsene Wenger in 2013 against West Brom in the League Cup. 

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​Since then, Hayden was loaned out to Hull City, playing 24 times for the Tigers as they gained promotion to the Premier League.


While Hayden's natural position is a central midfielder, he is also highly capable in a central defensive role. His versatility could be vital as Newcastle look to embark on a heavily-congested Championship football calendar.


​Speaking to ​Newcastle's official website, the 21-year old said:


"Newcastle is a massive football club and to be given the opportunity to come here and progress my career is fantastic", said Hayden.

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"Being at Arsenal was a great experience, I learnt a lot there and have a lot to thank them for, but I needed to move on and so when Newcastle came in for me I jumped at the chance.


"I am still young but I want to get as many games under my belt as I can and help the team bounce back to the Premier League."


Magpies boss Rafa Benitez was also delighted to sign Hayden, hailing him as a player that is hungry to succeed.


"We continue with our plan to bring in players who are hungry to succeed and prove themselves, which Isaac really is", Benitez added.


"He is also a player who can play in different positions, which is very useful.


"Isaac is a young, strong English player with fantastic potential but also with some experience already of the Championship. We welcome him to the Club."