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Newcastle United Have Made Headway In Their Pursuit Of Joe Willock

Newcastle are closing in on a deal with top transfer target Joe Willock as they try to make a move before the Premier League season begins.
During the weekend, the Magpies and Arsenal agreed on a cost, believed to be in the region of PS25 million, but have since been stuck in talks over the midfielder’s personal terms.
According to the PA news agency, the two parties were a long way apart at first, with Willock, who had a successful loan spell at St James Park last season, in a strong negotiating position, but the gap is closing.
“The matter is that he is our player,” Gunners boss Mikel Arteta stated when asked about the situation during his pre-match press conference on Thursday.
We had a few discussions.
It’s not only about what we want to accomplish.
“What he’s done is put himself in a strong position to pick what his future will be like.”
When asked if he believes Willock would be at Arsenal before the end of the transfer season, Arteta replied, “I don’t know.” Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has made no secret of his desire to bring the 21-year-old back to Tyneside.
Yet, with the season’s first match against West Ham on Sunday approaching, they have yet to make a single addition, despite the departures of Yoshinori Muto and Florian Lejeune.
Willock joined St James on a short-term deal at the end of the winter transfer window as Bruce sought more firepower in midfield, and he made an immediate impact.
He scored on his debut in a 3-2 win over Southampton in which Newcastle played the final 18 minutes with nine men, and then scored seven goals in his next seven outings to help the Magpies secure their top-flight status.
His exploits earned him a place in Bruce’s, his team’s, and the Toon Army’s hearts, and securing his return has been a top priority.
Newcastle are in negotiations with Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock over personal terms (Stu Forster/PA) (PA Wire). Nevertheless, the club’s ongoing takeover dilemma – owner Mike Ashley appears no closer to selling the club than he was when the Amanda Staveley-led consortium formally dropped its offer despite a protracted and costly court battle – has complicated matters.
While the chance of a sale remained, Ashley was unlikely to authorise major expenditure, and another loan move – assuming Arteta was willing to let it – appeared to be the most likely option.
The sportswear magnate’s arbitration lawsuit with the Premier League, one of two legal paths he is pursuing, has been postponed until 2022, prompting a rethink and a loosening of the purse constraints in an attempt to avoid another relegation battle.
Bruce would keep his fingers crossed as the process progresses, hoping that the signing of Willock, who does not appear to have a long list of suitors but may want to stay at the Emirates Stadium, will finally kick-start what has always been a difficult summer recruitment campaign.

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