According to Graeme Bailey, Newcastle and Arsenal have come to an agreement over a £25m deal for Joe Willock – yet a deal is far from done as we wait for the player to make a decision on his future.
The former Sky Sports reporter, now at 90min, also claims that Arsenal would also be happy to accept our offer of a loan deal with an option to buy in 2022.
However, he states that we prefer a permanent deal because it would keep two domestic loan slots free for Steve Bruce this summer, allowing us to bring in a few more fresh faces before August 31st.
This all comes after The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards reported on Tuesday that we were ready to pay the ‘£22m asking price’ placed on Willock’s head.
So, both pieces are indicating that a transfer is finally there to be done between Newcastle and Arsenal…only for Willock’s indecision to keep us waiting.
The 21-year-old clearly loved his hugely successful loan spell on Tyneside, however it’s thought he still harbours hopes of becoming a first-team regular at Arsenal – hence his reluctance to leave for good.
After all, he’s a boyhood fan born and raised in North London, yet there may come a point where he accepts he just isn’t in Mikel Arteta’s plans and needs a new home – especially when he’s hoping to make Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the 2022 World Cup.
It feels like this deal is edging closer as far as the two clubs are concerned, but Willock clearly needs some convincing if he’s to up sticks and move to the North East permanently.