Frank McAvennie has been left hailing the news that Newcastle United have agreed a deal to sign Joe Willock on a permanent deal.
The Lowdown: On his way
As per The Athletic, the St. James’ Park faithful have agreed a deal to sign Willock permanently from Arsenal for a reported £20m following his loan spell in the North East in the 2020/21 season.
Should Newcastle have signed Willock?
In a recent development, the Tyneside club have now agreed personal terms with the central midfield player, and he is travelling to the Magpies for his medical, with the hope that he can be registered in time to play West Ham United on the opening weekend (Sky Sports).
The Latest: McAvennie on Willock deal
Speaking to Football Insider, former Celtic and West Ham United striker now pundit McAvennie has hailed the deal to bring Willock back permanently:
“He’s going to enjoy being in Newcastle.
“I lived up there for 15 years. It’s a great place to live and work.
“Willock clearly enjoyed it the first time around and he’s going to enjoy it again.
“They need this, Newcastle. They have had a horrible time recently with the takeover.
“A bit of good news on the eve of the season is just what they need. It’s brilliant news.
“The fans will love him for leaving Arsenal and they will love him even more if he keeps scoring.”
The Verdict: Great news
It is certainly great news that the Toon look to have captured the signature of Willock after such a successful loan spell.
The Englishman scored no fewer than eight goals from midfield in 14 matches in the Premier League last term at NUFC (Transfermarkt), and was vital in helping Steve Bruce and co climb away from the relegation zone.
Nonetheless, he already knows his new teammates and Bruce well and so would need no time to gel in, meaning that he can come out all guns blazing against the Hammers, should the deal be done in time.
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