Newcastle’s Jetro Willems could be edging closer to a permanent move to the north-east as he admitted himself that there has been progress in talks, as reported by the Chronicle.
His loan deal will see him stay at St. James’ Park until the end of the season but the Magpies do have the option to make his move permanent if they activate the €11m [£9.4m, via Bild] clause agreed with Eintracht Frankfurt.
Supporters have long been calling on the club to tie the Netherlands international down for the long-term, and the January window may have provided the opportunity for that to take place, according to Willems.
Speaking to the Chronicle, he said:
“I feel the same – I’ll keep going. I heard some things that the club have already agreed with Frankfurt.
“I haven’t spoken to them. We will see, but it will be nice.
Willems has been a great addition to the squad since signing in the summer and his energy is exactly what is required in the wing-back role he fulfils.
Who the heck is that?! Can you name all 25 of these obscure Newcastle signings…
It is little surprise, therefore, that the Newcastle faithful have taken to him so well, and if a permanent move is announced it will be welcome news to both supporters and Bruce.
The Magpies boss began the season starting Matt Ritchie at left wing-back but since his injury, Willems has come to the fore, and Newcastle have been better for it as they now sit in 13th position.
The Dutchman’s age is also a factor worth considering as he still has years left to develop and offer the north-east outfit at 25, and that means a price of £9.4m is really quite a bargain that fans should be supportive of.
Meanwhile, Newcastle are in the market for one player who could help to solve a key worry of Steve Bruce.