Newcastle United have received a boost in their pursuit of Joe Willock with Arsenal reportedly undecided on what do with the midfielder.
According to Chronicle Live, the Gunners have no clue whether to keep or let the towering figure leave the club, with Willock set to return to north London for pre-season at least ahead of next season.
The England youth international has enjoyed a stunning half-season with the northeast club, scoring four times across just 10 Premier League games for the Geordies. His strikes include late equalisers against Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur as well as a winner versus West Ham United.
Reports from last month have claimed that the Geordies are keen to sign the Hale End academy product on a permanent transfer, with Steve Bruce voicing his support for the move. However, it is thought Arsenal are demanding a figure in excess of £20m in order to sell the youngster.
It cannot be understated just how big Willock’s impact has been on Bruce’s side.
Prior to his move to St James’ Park, the Newcastle midfielders had combined to score just two goals in the first half of the Premier League campaign, with Jeff Hendricks bagging both.
As a matter of fact, the Englishman has combined to score more goals than all his teammates put together, despite having joined on the final day of the winter window.
Willock’s all-around central midfield play has made him a key component for the team with his defensive and offensive play working wonders to help the club steer clear of relegation.
And with Arsenal potentially demanding a mere £20m, Newcastle are unlikely to get better value for money in the summer window.
The Gunners’ indecision regarding their youngster could work in the side’s favour. Willock’s impact has been massive and, if the club can add him to their side as a permanent fixture, it would boost the quality of the Magpies’ midfield.