Newcastle hope to secure Joe Willock’s deal now after Arsenal’s draw with Emile Smith Rowe.
Newcastle are hoping for a deal for Joe Willock now that Arsenal are tied with Emile Smith Rowe on a new contract, with Steve Bruce eyeing a permanent move for the youngster after his brilliance on loan.
Steve Bruce He has made it clear for some time that he wants Arsenal’s youngster Willock on a permanent deal after shining on loan at St James’ Park.
According to Sky SportsBruce hopes Smith Rowe will sign a new long-term deal at Emirates which will now convince Arsenal to let Willock go permanently.
Newcastle manager Steve Bruce remains in hot pursuit of Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock
Smith Rowe, who has been a target for Aston Villa all summer, put pen to paper in Arsenal’s new deal on Thursday afternoon and took delivery of the club’s iconic No. 10 shirt, previously worn by the likes of Dennis Bergkamp, Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere. and Robin van Persie.
Smith Rowe has shone for Arsenal in a turbulent 2020-21 season, as his good form meant he could send Willock on loan to Newcastle, and he is set to be a key player again next season.
Smith Roe and Willock could both compete for the same starting point in their attacking midfield under Mikel Arteta next season.
But now with a new contract for the academy star, Arsenal may be more receptive to Willock leaving the club this summer.
Willock starred on loan at St James’ Park last season – scoring eight times in 14 league appearances
Willock moved to St James’ Park in the second half of last season and has quickly made a name for himself – scoring some vital goals to help Newcastle steer clear of the relegation zone.
The 21-year-old midfielder has scored eight goals in 14 Premier League games, and has written his name into the Premier League history books to become the youngest player to score in seven consecutive games at the end of the season.
Unsurprisingly, Bruce is desperate to get Willock back to St James’ Park on a permanent basis.
Arsenal’s new contract with Emile Smith Rowe could accelerate Newcastle’s move for Willock
Speaking after Newcastle’s pre-season friendly defeat to York City last weekend, Bruce said: ‘As I said, it’s really Arsenal’s decision, and until Arsenal make a decision – just like all the big clubs, they take a look beforehand. Season – We’ll keep watching and jamming away.
“We’d like to do something but it’s still Arsenal’s invitation.”
Following Thursday’s news of Smith Row, Bruce may now be more hopeful of getting a deal with Willock – who is desperate to play for the first team on a regular basis.
It remains unclear what Arsenal will do with Willock, but they are likely to sell upwards of £20m in a bid to make up for their spending this summer.