In an exclusive interview with The Transfer Tavern, Steve Howey, who made 157 appearances for Newcastle United, believes his former side will be hoping to sign Joe Willock permanently this summer, but it must be for the right price.
Willock was Steve Bruce’s only signing during the January transfer window when he arrived on deadline day and after joining with little expectations, the 21-year old has proved himself to be a massive talent.
Should Newcastle sign Willock permanently?
The Arsenal loanee has scored four goals in just seven starts for the Magpies, which has included three important goals against Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham and Liverpool.
Speaking on why he hopes Newcastle can sign Willock for £20 million this summer but how Mikel Arteta may want him back at Arsenal, Howey told The Transfer Tavern:
“I still think it’s silly money what they want for him but in this day and age, it doesn’t surprise me. He’s been excellent since he’s come in and has got some valuable goals.
“Arteta might want to bring him back and have a look at him next season but he might also have plans himself to bring in other players, which could mean Willock is surplus to requirements. So here’s hoping that you can get him for £20 million.”
It has been reported that Arsenal will be willing to part ways with their academy graduate for £20 million this summer, with the Magpies expected to be at the front of the queue.
Willock’s latest goal for Newcastle was a 96th-minute equaliser against Liverpool but he will not be available for the Magpies’ next fixture against Arsenal.
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