Newcastle United transfer news: Magpies target wants summer exit, Euro giants circle for English Toon talent
If Newcastle United fans could see their club wrap up one deal this summer, it would surely have to be a permanent swoop for Joe Willock.
The young midfielder made a massive impact after arriving on loan from Arsenal partway through last season, and the Toon Army’s efforts to lure him back to Tyneside in the coming months could prove to be one of the sagas of the transfer window.
But John Barnes is less than optimistic about his side’s chances of wrapping up a deal.
“I watched him a couple of times for Arsenal before he went to Newcastle, and every time he started or came off the bench, he’s done well, and I’ve always liked him – and they like him a lot,” the former Newcastle and England midfielder told bettingodds.com.
“He needed the experience, and he wanted to play, so it was a great move for both himself and Newcastle by heading there on loan, but next year I think he’ll feature more heavily at Arsenal.
“Unless he had such a good time at Newcastle that he wants to stay there permanently rather than stay at Arsenal, but I still think he can give it a go at Arsenal, because Arteta’s playing youth.
“You have Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka, for example, and Willock will be given time and support in that team, so even though things went really well for him at Newcastle, I do believe that he will stay at Arsenal.”
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