Willock’s Newcastle return in doubt as other clubs want to sign him

Newcastle United appeared to be front runners in the race for Joe Willock’s signature this summer after he spent the second half of last season on loan with them.

The Arsenal midfielder was in blistering form as he scored 8 times for the Magpies before the campaign ended.

His fine form should have earned him the trust of Mikel Arteta at Arsenal, but the Gunners are rebuilding their squad and that means almost no one is above being sold at the moment and that includes Willock.

However, he seems to be in the plans of the manager for now and that has frustrated Newcastle’s efforts to sign him again, even if it’s for a loan deal.

As they continue to delay reaching an agreement with Arsenal over his signature, it seems another club will beat them to the midfielder.

The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards delivered some news about Newcastle’s summer transfers and claimed that more clubs want the Arsenal man.

He tweeted: “And yes other clubs are in for Gallagher. Palace being one of them and would mean he can stay in London. Leeds also interested. Think others are also in for Willock too. We’ve done this dance before. That’s why I said it’s a big IF.”

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  1. The best was juss to loan the boy back to Newcastle for him to continue his development. Arsenal not playing Europa and the signing of a new C AM or a B2 will only mean Willock is 3rd or 4th Option in the perking order.He can’t overtake ESR of coz.

    1. Willock would be backup for Thomas Partey during Afcon as B2B midfielder and provide competition in midfield, whoever else comes in.
      He is still only 21 and has shown what he is capable of when given his head by a manager, particularly as an impact sub.
      If Willock had been a Newcastle United player, performing as he did scoring 8 goals in 15 games, many on JA would be crying out to sign him. It appears that the young players at the Club are often underrated.

      1. “If Willock had been a NUFC player…”. Totally agree with that.

        Word around, Newcastle are making contingency plans, in case their move for Willock drags longer or fails, by looking into the possibility of bringing in Barkley from Chelsea or Hamza Choudary from Leicester.

  2. impossible to even imagine him leaving…as we all know, Arteta is a man of his word

    1. Man of his word….. at least until the winter transfer window opens. Still remember what he said about AMN’s future during the last summer transfer window and what happened during that winter.

      Oh… totally forgot about the CLEAN SLATE thing.

      1. of course, I was being incredibly sarcastic in the hopes that someone, like yourself, would dispute my totally erroneous claim

  3. Arsenal must retain Willock, he is a very reliable player. Not only will he be essential during the AFCON, but also he is a very useful impact sub good BtoB midfielder and can score goals from distance.

    1. Let’s get creative and sell Willock to NUFC for 30 mils this summer with an obligation to loan him to us for the second half of the season during the AFCON cup, like the Saliba deal. It’s a win-win for everybody concerned.

  4. To even contemplate letting Willock leave, EXCEPT in the fantasy scenario that we could get a huge 100% all cash up front offer, WHICH WE WON’T, would be a big mistake.

    Willock, at only 21 and having come through the junior club ranks, MUST stay. I hope and believe he will.

  5. Arsenal is known to be in the habit of making massive mistakes when it comes to keeping their best youngsters graduating from the under 23s. I am warning Arsenal never to repeat the same mistake when it comes to Joe Willock. The youngster is a massive talent who can score vital goals from midfield as shown when he was on loan to Newcastle. Maybe Arteta is clueless as to what position he must play Willock to get the best out of him as we saw with Auba being played out of position for the greater part of last season.

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