Willock has impressed on his loan spell at St James’ Park (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal have reportedly set an asking price of around £20million for interested parties to sign Joe Willock after his impressive spell on loan at Newcastle.

The Gunners academy graduate was finding first-team opportunities difficult to come by under Mikel Arteta and made the January switch to St James’ Park for the rest of the season.

Although previously a regular starter, Willock has been used effectively as an impact substitute by Steve Bruce in recent games, coming off the bench to score a last-gasp equaliser against Tottenham and the winner in a 3-2 win over West Ham last weekend.

Bruce wants to extend Willock’s stay at Newcastle (Picture: Getty Images)

The 21-year-old’s vital contributions have taken his tally to three goals in nine games for the Magpies so far, and Bruce has openly admitted that he wants to keep the midfielder beyond the end of the season.

According to the Telegraph, Arsenal are open to selling Willock and want a fee in the region of £20m to let him go.

Newcastle are expected to be the frontrunners for his signature, with Bruce confirming the club’s interest as he spoke effusively about Willock’s many abilities.

‘I believe he is enjoying it here, he wants to be in the team, but he has scored three goals and the last two, particularly the last one [the winner against West Ham] were vitally important,’ Bruce said ahead of Newcastle’s clash away at Liverpool.

‘You could see by his elation that he was delighted for the team. He’s a young lad and I’d love to keep him here and we will have some big conversations with Arsenal [about doing that].

‘He’s the modern day player, young, athletic and quick. He’s only 21 years old and he’s got a big, big future.

‘There are lots of conversations to be had. I think he has thoroughly enjoyed it here and certainly the adulation he received last week after scoring the winner.

‘He has scored three big goals for us since he’s been here. Why wouldn’t I want to sign him? 

‘He gives us a bit of pace, he’s athletic and he can score a goal. He’s got real pace, he’s arguably as quick as anyone we have got at the club. 

‘We will have to have a conversation with Arsenal first. It’s a bit disrespectful of me to talk about him because he is still their player, but certainly, the move has helped him and it has helped us.

‘If there is something that can be done [to sign him] I would love to do it.’


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