Newcastle are in talks with Arsenal over a transfer for Joe Willock with Magpies boss Steve Bruce calling him their ‘No.1 target.’ The 21-year-old had a strong end to the 2020-21 season, scoring 7 goals in 7 games to help secure Newcastle’s status in the Premier League.
The Sun report that the two clubs have now opened talks over a permanent move for Willock this summer, in a transfer deal that could net Arsenal £20m.
It’s suggested that The Gunners were initially hesitant about a transfer, instead offering the youngster to Leicester in a possible cash plus player deal for James Maddison.
With Leicester reportedly holding out for £70m and no players included in the deal, Newcastle are reported to have stepped up their interest and are focusing on Willock.
Speaking after yesterday’s friendly match against Norwich, Newcastle boss Steve Bruce shed some light on the clubs pursuit of Willock:
“We’re pursing our No.1 target (Willock). We’re trying as best we can. Let’s hope we can make a breakthrough. If we can, great. And if that’s before this week, we’re trying our best.
We’re in dialogue with Arsenal but we have to respect he’s their player. Until we can reach an agreement with Arsenal, and what they want, the rest is immaterial.”