German newspaper Bild have claimed that Newcastle United will have to pay £9.6million to sign Jetro Willems on a permanent basis, if they want to keep the Netherlands star beyond his season-long loan.
Willems, 25, joined Newcastle in the summer on a season-long loan from German Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt. The Netherlands international got off to a shaky start with a mistake on the opening day.
Coming on in the second half against Arsenal, Willems was at fault for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal – which turned out to be the only goal of the game. Since then, though, Willems has been excellent, making the left-back slot his own.
The former PSV Eindhoven star has now clocked up six appearances for Newcastle, scoring a stunning effort against Liverpool and laying on two assists – including Matty Longstaff’s winner against Manchester United last time out.
TBR’s view – An absolute no-brainer to sign Willems permanently
Landing the Dutch ace for less than £10million is an absolute bargain. Newcastle have been after a new left-back signing for years, with many of the belief that while Paul Dummett is a solid player, he is not good enough to start.
In Willems, Newcastle have finally found a left-back that is good enough to take the team forward. So, for less than £10million, Willems is a bargain.