Newcastle United have now reportedly agreed a deal to sign Joe Willock before the summer transfer window ends.
The Lowdown: Willock targeted
Willock is reportedly the priority target for the North East club in this window after putting in some very impressive performances during his loan spell at St. James’ Park from Arsenal in the 2020/21 term.
Should Newcastle have signed Willock?
The central midfield player helped himself to eight goals in 14 matches in the Premier League while playing for the Tyneside club (Transfermarkt).
The Latest: Deal reportedly agreed
According to 90min, a deal has now been agreed for Willock to move to the Magpies, and he has been told by the Gunners that he can leave.
Steve Bruce’s team have proposed a permanent deal which could be worth up to £25m including add-ons, and presents a ‘significant’ investment as it exceeds their reported budget of £20m.
However, a deal is no closer because Willock himself has not decided yet if he would like to leave the Emirates Stadium.
The North London club have told the Magpies that they would be willing to accept a loan offer with an option to buy, but they would prefer to sign him permanently.
The Verdict: Sign
So long as Willock agrees to move to the Toon, then they should pay the £25m fee, as he will be worth it for them in the long-term.
He already proved how much of an asset he can be to them, as Allan Saint-Maximin dubbed him as an ‘amazing’ player after his loan spell ended.
Nonetheless, it is a no brainer to bring Willock back – he has a proven track record on Tyneside, a great relationship emerging on the pitch with Saint-Maximin and is adored by the fans.
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