Joe Willock has declared himself ‘fit and ready to play’ at Aston Villa this weekend, also naming an Arsenal player he wants to help sign for Newcastle United.
When asked about Eddie Nketiah – a player we’ve been linked with on several occasions since Steve Bruce took the job – the 21-year-old admitted he was one of his best friends and someone he’ll ‘definitely’ be putting in a good word for.
The Telegraph reported last summer that we’d been in contact with Arsenal over a potential loan move for the England U21 striker, meaning he could well be back on our radar if he becomes available in the coming weeks.
Now Willock has signed on a permanent deal – you can’t have two players on loan from the same EPL club – a move for Nketiah is possible and perhaps one to watch.
Here’s what he had to say about his former Gunners teammate when speaking on BBC Radio Newcastle last night, vowing to put in a good word in hope of being reunited with the striker:
“I don’t know [If Arsenal will let him leave]
“I don’t know their situation.
“Eddie is one of my best friends.
“I’ll definitely put in a good word!”
Our new £25m man then offered a fitness update ahead of Saturday’s trip to Aston Villa, confirming he’s ready to play after not signing in time for last weekend’s 4-2 defeat to West Ham:
“I’m feeling fit and ready to play,”
“I’m happy to helping the team in any way I can, whether it’s off the bench or from the start.
“Hopefully we can get the three points, we need it.”