Newcastle United handed major transfer boost as Magpies battle Premier League club for exciting youngster

With Newcastle United’s Premier League status secured, transfer and takeover news is beginning to ramp up.

Steve Bruce’s side sealed their top-flight on Monday evening after Fulham lost 2-0 at home to Burnley at Craven Cottage.

Here’s the latest news and speculation surrounding the Magpies:

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Arsenal ‘open’ to Joe Willock offers

Arsenal are reportedly open to offers for on-loan Newcastle United midfielder Joe Willock. (Photo by CLIVE BRUNSKILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Arsenal are open to offers for Joe Willock as Mikel Arteta looks to raise funds to rebuild his squad next season.

That’s according to The Guardian, who claims the 21-year-old is among 10 players that the Gunners will consider offers for this summer.

Willock is wanted permanently by Steve Bruce after scoring five goals in 11 appearances since arriving on loan in January.

His price tag has been touted around the £20million mark.

Newcastle ‘keen’ on French striker

Newcastle United are reportedly keeping a close eye on 19-year-old Nice striker Evann Guessand.

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Guessand, who is over six foot tall and described as “strong, fast and highly technical”, has performed impressively during his loan spell at Swiss side Lausanne Sport.

He has scored seven goals – including a scorpion-style late equaliser against FC Zurich on Sunday – and has provided four assists.

The teenager has represented France at under-19s level but has Ivorian roots.

Steve Howey remains hopeful over takeover

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Former Newcastle defender Steve Howey remains hopeful that the takeover bid led by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia will be approved.

Mike Ashley has launched a fresh legal challenge against the Premier League after adopting the anti-competition case presented to them by Newcastle Consortium Supporters Limited.

This also runs alongside the arbitration hearing, which will see Nick De Marco QC and Shaheed Fatima QC go toe-to-toe with PL chiefs over the application of their owners’ and directors’ test.

Howey told Football FanCast: “We just have to wait and see what happens because I think Mike Ashley is now putting together a lawsuit against the Premier League for anti-competition, so you can imagine that will drag on.

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“Let’s just hope that these people are still willing to take the club on so things can move forward, but it will probably be another slow process as it won’t happen overnight.”

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