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Report: Leeds United were absolutely never going to pay £25m to sign Newcastle player this summer

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Leeds United would never have paid £25 million for Joe Willock, like Newcastle United did, the Athletic report.

No chance of Leeds paying

Marcelo Bielsa is said to keep close attention to the price-tags on players, and have opinions on what represents value for money.

And Leeds apparently felt that Willock was well overpriced for what they would have considered.

Newcastle, on the other hand, made Willock their first choice target.

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They pushed hard to sign the 22-year-old from Arsenal and eventually got a deal done, when they met the Gunners asking price.

It will now be interesting to see whether Leeds or Newcastle are proven right in time.

Leeds may well feel that Willock’s spell at Newcastle last term was a bit of a purple patch.

Willock scored eight goals in 14 Premier League games to raise his value.

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But Newcastle fans will hope that the midfielder can prove a shrewd investment in time.

Can Willock succeed?

If Willock keeps scoring at the rate he did last term, there is absolutely no doubting that they will have picked up a bargain.

However, Willock is still relatively unproven at the top level, and the hope at St. James’ Park will be that his form doesn’t dip upon making a permanent move.

Leeds have actually been on the look out for a central midfielder for much of the summer so far, but they have been hesitant to pull the trigger on any options which have presented themselves.

And as things stand it appears that Marcelo Bielsa’s side may go into next season with a very similar squad to the one which finished last campaign.

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