According to The Chronicle, both Joe Willock and Axel Tuanzebe are keen to secure loan moves to Newcastle United.
This comes from Mark Douglas’ latest NUFC notebook piece, which also sees him reveal the Premier League midfielder Steve Bruce has eyed up if Arsenal refuse to let Joe Willock leave.
That man is Ross Barkley, with The Chronicle reporting that Bruce has been a long-term admirer of the Chelsea midfielder who looks set to be available this summer.
Douglas claims that the NUFC boss was keen to sign him last summer, only for Aston Villa to beat us to a loan deal for the former England international.
With fellow target Conor Gallagher now opting to join Crystal Palace, it seems Barkley could be the attacking midfielder we look to sign if Willock remains at Arsenal or ends up moving elsewhere.
That said, it seems the former Toon loanee is eager to return to St James’ Park, with the report stating that he sees Newcastle as the perfect club to ‘prove himself in the Premier League’ and boost his hopes of getting into England’s 2022 World Cup squad.
As for Tuanzebe, it’s promising to hear the Man Utd centre-back is also ‘keen’ on a move to Tyneside.
The 23-year-old was signed by Steve Bruce during his time at Aston Villa and looks set for a loan spell away from Old Trafford now Raphael Varane’s £34m move is all but done.
Here’s a snippet from the piece itself, which suggests Bruce wants players ready to make an immediate impact:
Newcastle United remains the preferred option of Joe Willock if Arsenal opt to let him leave the Emirates this close season.
The Gunners are still spinning plates in the transfer market, leaving Newcastle waiting on their priority target. But Willock, the Notebook understands, remains keen on the Tyneside switch and the chance to prove himself in the Premier League in a season where he is aiming to put himself in contention for England’s World Cup 2022 squad.
United’s frustrations in the transfer market mean any signings will not have been integrated into their squad in time for the start of the season, placing a premium – in Bruce’s mind – on players who can “plug in and play”. He wants a repeat of the “no risk” strategy which saw Callum Wilson join and hit the ground running.
Willock would be perfect for that but the delay in signing him reflects Newcastle’s problems in the transfer market.
Ross Barkley – coveted by Steve Bruce last summer – is a possible alternative after another target, Conor Gallagher, joined Crystal Palace.
Manchester United’s Axel Tuanzebe is understood to be keen on a mooted loan.