Steve Bruce reveals his big summer transfer target at Newcastle United

Joe Willock is Newcastle United’s big summer transfer target.

Friday, 23rd April 2021, 1:53 pm
Updated Friday, 23rd April 2021, 1:54 pm

The midfielder has scored three goals since joining the club on loan from Arsenal in January’s transfer window.

Willock came off the bench to score a winner in last weekend’s 3-2 win over West Ham United, and Newcastle will attempt to re-sign £20million-rated Willock, either on another loan or on a permanent deal, at the end of the season.

“There’s lots of conversations to be had,” said head coach Steve Bruce “I think he’s thoroughly enjoyed it, and I certainly think he enjoyed the adulation last week of scoring the goal. That’s now three vital goals he’s got here.

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“Why wouldn’t I (want to sign him)? He’s 21 year-old, he’s young, fit, athletic, and he can score a goal. He’s got wonderful pace, and is arguably as quick as anybody we’ve got at the club.

“All his good years are ahead of him, but we have to have a conversation with Arsenal first. It’s a bit disrespectful of me because I’m talking about their player, but the move has certainly helped him, and it’s helped us. If there can be something done, then I’d love to do it.”

Willock is enjoying his time on Tyneside.

“It was quite refreshing hearing him yesterday talking about going out and seeing the sea, driving out to the coast,” said Bruce. “Living in London, I don’t think he sees that very often.

Joe Willock celebrates his goal against West Ham United with Jacob Murphy, left.
Joe Willock celebrates his goal against West Ham United with Jacob Murphy, left.

"I believe he’s enjoying it here, he wants to be in the team, but he's scored three goals, and the last two, particularly the last one (against West Ham), were vitally important.”

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