The Athletic’s Chris Waugh has dropped an exciting Newcastle United transfer update which will surely excite Magpies fans.
Luke Edwards had previously claimed that Arsenal starlet Joe Willock is ready to leave his boyhood club to make the switch to Tyneside permanent this summer, with the Magpies “increasingly confident” of his desire to join.
The report added that a deal could then convince Allan Saint-Maximin to stay put at St James’ Park, with Bruce confirming during the Premier League season that he is keen on keeping the 21-year-old Gunners loanee at the club.
Since then, news has dried up over whether Willock will be moving to Newcastle this summer, but Waugh has now dropped an exciting update on the situation.
In response to a comment about how William Saliba’s potential arrival on loan would affect the Magpies’ chances of signing the midfielder for another season at least, the journalist said: “You’re right, two players from one Premier League club can’t be loaned to another. There is still a strange confidence/hope that Willock will return behind the scenes, though, which doesn’t marry with the budget information or everything else we’re hearing. Interesting to see what happens on that one.”
If you needed any proof of just how much Newcastle fans have fallen in love with Willock, and how much they want him to stay, then you only have to look at the St James’ Park faithful serenading him during his post-match interview against Sheffield United.
The 21-year-old has been a breath of fresh air for a Magpies side who desperately needed his fresh injection of pace and energy, and his ability to break into the box and time his runs have resulted in some match-winning contributions – he bagged an incredible seven goals in seven consecutive Premier League games, including dramatic equalisers against the likes of Liverpool and Spurs.
News that the Magpies retain a confidence behind the scenes that they can still sign Willock and bring him back to Tyneside this summer will be music to the ears of Bruce.
It’s exactly why Waugh’s update on Newcastle’s pursuit of Willock will surely delight the club’s fans no end.