Former Newcastle United defender Steve Howey has told The Transfer Tavern in an exclusive interview that his old side should not pay more than £25m for Arsenal’s Joe Willock.
Willock spent the second half of last season on loan at St. James’ Park, where he performed exceptionally well.
In 21 appearances, the 21-year-old midfielder managed to score eight goals, with seven out of the eight coming in seven consecutive games.
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Willock is now being linked with a return to Newcastle, with The Sun recently reporting that he could cost up to £30m.
Speaking exclusively to TT about the player, Howey said:
“20, 25, that would be for me. I wouldn’t go any higher than that. I mean, he could turn out to be absolutely outstanding but, like all players, he could just go to the club after a very impressive loan spell and not do very well.”
The Sun also reports that manager Steve Bruce’s budget is set to be £50m, so Willock’s transfer could easily take half of that.
Even so, if the 2020/21 campaign is anything to go by, it still looks worth it. That knack Willock had for scoring goals from midfield, simply put, does not look like it is easy to find.
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