Newcastle sign Arsenal's Hayden on five-year contract

LONDON: Newcastle United said on Monday it had signed midfielder Isaac Hayden from Arsenal on a five-year deal.

The 21-year-old, who spent the last season on loan at Hull City, made 18 league appearances to help the club make a money-spinning return to the England's top flight with a win over Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship playoff final.

"Newcastle is a massive football club and to be given the opportunity to come here and progress my career is fantastic," Hayden told the club's website (

"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."