Steve Bruce decides who he wants to become his first summer signing – The Telegraph

Joe Willock has been a big success in his short loan spell on Tyneside and it has been reported that Steve Bruce wants to make the youngster his first summer signing.

The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards claims that Bruce has told the Newcastle hierarchy he wants to make Willock’s move from Arsenal permanent.

Willock scored the winner again at the weekend and Bruce mentioned keeping him long term, after the game.

Bruce said “We would love to keep him here. He is the type of player you’d love to build your club around. Whether we can or not I’m not quite sure. I was delighted with the response after the penalty (for West Ham). Joe coming on and getting after them high up the pitch was vitally important.”

Willock has now earned Newcastle 7 points this season – scoring the winner in 3-2 victories against Southampton and West Ham, and also scoring the equaliser in the 2-2 draw to Spurs.

Recently he has struggled to start the game with Longstaff and Shelvey getting the nod ahead of him. However, Bruce saying he would ‘love to build the club around him’, why isn’t he starting more often?

It has been rumoured for a few weeks about the budget Newcastle will be operating with in the summer window – so personally can only see another loan move the best chance of keeping Willock at the club.

It is very significant this story has came from self-confessed friend of Bruce Luke Edwards, so may be a lot of truth connected to it and one to watch in the coming months.

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