Steve Bruce reveals Newcastle United summer talks planned on Joe Willock future

Transfer talks with Joe Willock and Arsenal are likely to happen at the END of the current season, according to Newcastle United head coach Steve Bruce.

Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 4:45 pm

Midfielder Willock has been a revelation on Tyneside, setting the Premier League alight with five goals in his last five games, taking his tally in black and white to six in 12 games.

The 21-year-old’s loan at St James’ Park comes to an end next week and with his Arsenal future uncertain, Bruce admits he’s keen to bring the England under-21 international back for a second spell.

However, Bruce says talks about keeping him have not started – and will only do so after the end of the season.

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Joe Willock of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring their sides third goal, missing from the penalty spot but scoring the rebound during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St. James Park on May 14, 2021 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

"He's an Arsenal player and we have to respect that but we'll be having conversations with them,” said Bruce about the player said to be rated in the £25-30million bracket by his parent club.

"I think every club will be digesting the season, then we'll have dialogue and see where it takes us."

It’s hard not to have been blown away by the Gunners academy product – and Bruce admits he’s added a whole new dimension to the United midfield.

“For somebody so young, you can see him enjoying it, scoring and taking the ball off Joe (Joelinton), for example, you can see what state of mind he is in,” said Bruce.

"He wants to be free and play, run forward. He has added an extra dimension to our midfield, when you see the likes of him and Almiron and the distances they cover on the pitch. It has been great to watch.”

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