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Arsenal and Newcastle reach Willock transfer agreement

Newcastle have agreed a fee with Arsenal over the signing of midfielder Joe Willock.

The fee agreed is believed to be in the region of £25m, though The Athletic are reporting that personal terms with the player are yet to be finalised.

 

Willock has been a leading target for the Magpies throughout the summer transfer window following a successful loan spell at St James’ Park last season, with the 21-year-old scoring eight goals in 14 appearances following his mid-season arrival at the club.

That run included scoring in seven consecutive fixtures, becoming the youngest player in Premier League history to achieve the feat after ending the season in prolific form.

Willock has been on the periphery of Arsenal’s pre-season plans as Mikel Arteta assesses his option, but will now be allowed to leave on a permanent basis after coming through the academy ranks at the Emirates.

Steve Bruce has discussed his need for midfield reinforcements throughout the summer and Willock’s arrival will provide Newcastle’s engine room with dynamism and goalscoring threat.

Arsenal’s decision to cash in on the youngster comes after struggling to raise funds through the sales of senior players this summer and Willock’s departure could now fund further transfer business before the closure of the window next month.

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