Newcastle United journalist Liam Kennedy has been discussing the latest when it comes to the club’s pursuit of Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock.
Given the impact that he had on the club last season, when he scored eight goals for Steve Bruce’s men in the second half of the campaign, which ended up proving crucial in the club’s attempts to stay in the Premier League, it’s a no-brainer that Newcastle United want the 21-year-old to stay at the club on a long-term basis.
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And although reports claim that they will make an offer for his services, that bid is yet to materialise.
Speaking about the transfer on NUFC Matters, Kennedy claimed that Willock is still Newcastle United’s main target when it comes to the summer window, and that he envisions the club will make the move to sign him eventually:
“Willock is the absolute number-one target this summer. And I’ve said on here, I think there’s a good chance that he will end up at Newcastle United. Things can change, things can move, but I think one thing that is increasingly certain is he’s unlikely to remain at Arsenal this summer.
“I still suspect it’s probably going to be a loan with a potential obligation on Willock.”
TIF Thoughts on Liam Kennedy’s comments about Joe Willock and Newcastle United…
Given that Newcastle United don’t have that much of a warchest, with The Sun claiming that the club will only have as much as a £50m budget, a loan with a view to buy might be the most pragmatic approach for the club to take whilst they continue to wait for the proposed takeover at the club to take place, after which, they’ll hopefully have the proper funds to be able to buy him outright.
But with reports coming in (as per RMC Sport, via GFFN) that French side AS Monaco are in talks with him, now is the time to really prove just how much of a priority he is.
Bruce has said recently that the club is waiting to see what the bigger clubs in the division are going to do this summer before Newcastle can make a move, but if he is that much of a priority, then the club need to sign him as soon as possible regardless of what happens elsewhere.
It would be a shame for Willock to have laid the groundwork with what he did last season, only for the club to not even make a proper run at trying to sign him.