Contract talks are progressing well between Newcastle United and two key players, according to The Chronicle.
Newcastle are trying to tie down Martin Dubravka and Isaac Hayden to new deals. There is still work to do before these are finalised but the deals are “moving in the right direction”.
Dubravka is Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper. The Slovakia international has racked up 58 appearances and 18 clean sheets since moving from Sparta Prague – initially on loan.
The Magpies have fielded interest in the 30-year-old in the past but now want to tie him down to a new contract. Dubravka appears settled at Newcastle and this deal is edging closer.
Hayden has previously expressed his desire to leave St James’ Park and move closer to his family down south (The Northern Echo). But he appears to have performed a U-turn on this stance.
The 24-year-old, who is currently one match into a three-game ban, has been a mainstay in Steve Bruce’s midfield. Hayden could now sign a contract extension to keep him on Tyneside.
Dubravka and Hayden are both important players in Newcastle’s squad, offering experience for the challenge ahead. Dubravka is the clear first-choice goalkeeper ahead of Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot so tying him down is vital.
Hayden might now face a battle to get back into the Newcastle team after Matty Longstaff shone in his absence. But he is a crucial member of the squad and he is at the right age to kick on now.