Arsenal’s Joe Willock set for £22m transfer to Newcastle United

Newcastle have agreed a fee in the region of £22m with Arsenal to sign Joe Willock.

The midfielder, 21, spent the second half of last season on loan at St James’ Park, scoring eight goals as he helped the Magpies maintain their Premier League status.

His performances in the north-east saw him become Newcastle’s main target for the summer and it is understood a deal between the two clubs has now been struck.

Willock was absent from Arsenal’s matchday squad for their defeat to Tottenham on Sunday, with their manager, Mikel Arteta, coy when asked about a potential move.

“With Joe we will explain the reasons when we can,” he said. “It’s all I can say now. When I can say more I will let you know.”

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It is believed Willock is yet to agree personal terms with Newcastle, where he scored seven goals in seven games during a purple patch towards the end of last season.

The England Under-21 international made seven league appearances for Arsenal during the 2020/21 campaign and was largely used during cup competitions since making his senior debut in 2017.