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Claims Joe Willock on way to sign for Newcastle United but Talksport deny they’re the source

1 month ago

Friday afternoon saw social media light up with ‘news’ that Joe Willock was en route to Tyneside.

Claims that the 21 year old was flying back to Newcastle with a permanent deal agreed for £25m.

Arsenal fans wishing Joe Willock well, many of them also bemoaning the ‘fact’ that their club was letting him go.

Newcastle United supporters jubilant / relieved that not only had Mike Ashley finally allowed NUFC to sign a player on this day 59 of the transfer window, but that it was also the most realistically ambitious (under Ashley) signing that fans had imagined this summer.

Both sets of fans crediting Talksport with having broken the story today of Joe Willock finally on his way to Newcastle United in a permanent deal.

Only one problem…

Jason Bourne is Football Editor at Talksport and he followed up the frenzy of Willock reporting on Twitter with a message of his own…

“Not sure why this Joe Willock story is being attributed to us.

“Talksport has not reported it whatsoever.

“As far as we know – nothing is happening at all.

“I’m told the club were seeking to bring him on a permanent basis.

“I doubt that’s any kind of secret!

“They’re now looking at other options.

“That’s about it the size of it.”

So there you have it.

When you have Talksport doing the exact opposite of claiming an exclusive, of being first with a dramatic transfer scoop, I think it is one of those rare occasions when I 100% believe what they are saying!


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