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Newcastle United agree to pay Joe Willock £22m asking price and now his decision – Report

1 month ago

An interesting update on the Joe Willock situation.

It is day 56 of the transfer window and Newcastle United are yet to sign a single player.

The only Premier League club yet to do so, as well over fifty players have been signed by the other nineteen PL clubs, with over half a billion pounds laid out by those clubs.

The Newcastle United transfer window started with Steve Bruce having promised that bringing in three or four quality new signings was the intention, only for now press conference after press conference, Bruce saying there is very little money to spend, even on loan players, and that Newcastle fans have to be patient…

Today’s update though has turned the Joe Willock situation on its head.

Previously, the problems have been seen as twofold – when will Arsenal decide if they will sell Joe Willock or keep him, plus, with so little money allowed to be made available by Mike Ashley – how can Newcastle make a serious offer to buy the goalscoring 21 year old midfielder?

Now however, The Telegraph update states that:

Arsenal are willing to sell and have an asking price of £22m

Newcastle United have agreed at their end to pay that £22m asking price

It is now simply down to Joe Willock whether the move to Tyneside happens

These dramatic Joe Willock claims come from Steve Bruce’s big mate, Luke Edwards, the man from The Telegraph having now turned the situation totally on its head and now clearly making it clear, according to them, it will be only Joe Willock’s fault if he is not a Newcastle United player when the 2021/22 Premier League season kicks off. That it won’t be the fault of Arsenal not willing to sell, Mike Ashley not willing to meet the asking price, not Steve Bruce failing to get the deal done…

Will the truth come out in the days / weeks to come?

Who knows…but what I do know, is that Newcastle United are desperate for an injection of quality this transfer window and the situation looks ever worse the nearer the season gets. Attacking threat and goals are desperately needed for a team that has so little, Joe Willock to Newcastle United needs to happen.

Luke Edwards writing in The Telegraph:

‘A move to Newcastle United is there for him [Joe Willock] to complete if he wants it. The clubs are happy to make the deal happen but Willock is yet to give a final answer and the Magpies cannot keep waiting.’

‘Newcastle will make the most of his talent, their attacking game designed to bring out the best in him under a manager, Steve Bruce…’

‘There is a growing sense that Willock is having second thoughts about making a permanent move to the North East after his successful loan spell. Willock believes he is good enough to play for Arsenal and it is hard to give up on a boyhood dream but his career was stagnating in London before he went out on loan.’

‘Telegraph Sport understands that, while Newcastle’s transfer budget is small, they want him so badly that they will pay the £22m asking price for Willock. It is a massive show of faith and someone needs to tell him it is better to play for a club like that than one who is not really bothered if you stay or leave. Arteta’s attitude towards Willock is ambivalent at best.’

‘Ultimately Willock is in danger of falling into a trap, refusing to accept that Arsenal do not really want him anymore. It is easier to stay where he is but he is far more likely to stagnate if he does.’


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