Newcastle United transfer news: Magpies tipped to re-sign Joe Willock next season amid uncertainty over Arsenal future

Joe Willock’s future at Newcastle United hit the headlines earlier this week after the on-loan Arsenal midfielder suggested he’d be happy to stay on Tyneside.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 7:51 am
St James's Park, the home of Newcastle United. (Photo by Scott Heppell - Pool/Getty Images)

The 21-year-old moved to St James’s Park on January transfer deadline day on a deal until the end of the season – quickly settling into his temporary surroundings.

Willock scored on his debut in the 3-2 win versus Southampton and hasn’t looked back, starting every game since his arrival.

“I love playing for Newcastle,” Willock said when asked if he’d like to return next season. “When I first came here I was a bit apprehensive about how I would take it because I’ve never left Arsenal.

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Manchester City have emerged as favourites to sign Aston Villa star Jack Grealish this summer, almost one year after local rivals Manchester United failed to lure him to Old Trafford. (Daily Mail)

“I’ve been at Arsenal since I was four and a half so coming to a new club, coming up north to Newcastle was a bit scary.

“But as I came here and I settled in and saw the love from the fans that I’ve been receiving and everyone is like a family here.

“Of course I’d love to continue playing here and I love Newcastle at this moment in time.”

Any move for Willock, however, will be dependent on Newcastle’s league status next term due to the threat of relegation.

Tottenham Hotspur will decide against activating Carlos Vinicius’ £38million clause in order to sign the Brazilian permanently from Benfica. (Football Insider)

Should Steve Bruce want to extend Willock’s time in the North East then he is being tipped to succeed by established Arsenal reporter Charles Watts.

He said: “I think if you can get a decent amount of money for Joe Willock – if Newcastle stay up and are interested in signing him permanently – then that’s something Arsenal should probably look to do.

“I think it’d be good for Arsenal and I think it’d be good for Joe Willock as well, because I think when you look long-term, does Joe Willock really have a future as a first-team regular at Arsenal? I don’t think he does.”

Here are the latest transfer headlines surrounding Newcastle and their Premier League rivals:

Brighton and Hove Albion are waiting for the green light to take Celtic goalkeeper Vincent Angelini on trial with a view to signing him at the end of his contract this summer. (Daily Record)
Liverpool are considering a £43million move for Inter Milan defender Alessandro Bastoni, who is also wanted by Bayern Munich and Barcelona. (Gazzetta dello Sport via Metro)
Manchester United are lining up a surprise move for Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez with David de Gea and Sergio Romero on course to leave the club at the end of the season. (Football Insider)
Arsenal, Tottenham, Crystal Palace, Liverpool and Leeds United are keen on 19-year-old Reading attacking midfielder Michael Olise, who has an £8million release. (Football Insider)
Leeds have set their sights on £17million-rated Feyenoord midfielder Orkun Kokcu and possess the relevant funds to sign him. Sevilla also want to tempt the Turkish international to Spain. (Sport via Sport Witness)
Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell says it's a “no brainer” for Leeds to sign Patrick Van Aanholt on a free transfer, who is out-of-contract at Crystal Palace this summer. (Football Insider)
Yasser Larouci is set to leave Liverpool on a free transfer, less than a few weeks after the left-back was strongly linked with a move to Leeds. The 20-year-old has been tracked by the Whites over previous transfer windows. (The Athletic)