In an exclusive interview with Transfer Tavern, Steve Howey, who made 151 appearances for Newcastle United, has backed his former club to turn Joe Willock’s loan deal into a permanent one this summer.
Willock was Steve Bruce’s only signing in January and it took until deadline day for the Magpies to get a new face through the door, despite being in a relegation fight.
Is £20 million a fair price for Willock?
It has been reported that Arsenal may look for £20 million if Newcastle want to sign Willock permanently, as they need to raise funds for any potential deal to sign Martin Odegaard on a full-time basis.
Speaking on why Newcastle should not be overpaying for Willock and if he’s been impressed with the 20-year old, Howey told The Transfer Tavern:
“I don’t see why they shouldn’t go for him but I think it will be interesting to see how much Arsenal will be asking for him. If they ask for stupid money forget about it because the lad didn’t even play that much at Arsenal.
“He seems as though he’s enjoying his football and after having a closer look at him here I think he’s done very well.”
Willock has provided Bruce with something different in midfield with his willingness to get into the opposition’s box and his late runs into the final third have resulted in him getting three goals for the Magpies to date, including the late winner against West Ham United at the weekend.
The £20,000-per-week midfielder has found himself on the bench since the 3-0 defeat against Brighton, with Bruce opting for an extra centre back and one less centre midfielder.
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