Newcastle ‘pushing to sign Man United defender Axel Tuanzebe amid frustrations over Joe Willock bid’

Newcastle ‘presses to sign Man United defender Axel Tuanzebe and Steve Bruce urges the club’s hierarchy to make a breakthrough in the transfer market after being frustrated in their efforts to sign Arsenal’s Joe Willock’

  • Newcastle reportedly hopes to sign Axel Tuanzebe from Manchester United
  • The Magpies have yet to bring in new players for the new season
  • Steve Bruce would like to have three or four transfers in the transfer market
  • The club wants to take over Joe Willock, but is waiting for a decision from Arsenal

Newcastle are reportedly excited about signing Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe, while Steve Bruce is desperate to bolster his squad ahead of the start of the new season.

The Magpies, who finished 12th in the 2020-2021 season, have yet to bring in new faces and the club are still awaiting a decision from Arsenal on their approach to Joe Willock.

But they think Tuanzebe could become their first summer acquisition The Telegraph.

Newcastle reportedly pushes to sign Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe

United are closing in on a deal for Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane that would see Tuanzebe further down the pecking order at Old Trafford.

The defender played under Bruce on two separate loan spells at Aston Villa and the report claims that both a lease and permanent deal have been discussed between the two clubs.

The 23-year-old was on the fringes of United’s first-team last season, with just four starts in the Premier League and a further five in all competitions.

The Magpies are still awaiting Arsenal's decision on their bid to sign Joe Willock

The Magpies are still awaiting Arsenal’s decision on their bid to sign Joe Willock

Willock has returned to pre-season preparation with Arsenal, playing in their 2-2 draw with Rangers on 17 July.

Newcastle remain hopeful to sign the midfielder, but Bruce admitted Arsenal need to give them a quick response.

“Of course we want him back, he did a great job for us and gives us another dimension in midfield that we don’t have,” Bruce said after his side defeated Doncaster Rovers 3-2 in a friendly on Friday.

“We’ll just keep hammering away at it.”

Willock was instrumental in helping the Magpies escape the relegation battle with eight goals in 14 Premier League appearances after being loaned out in January.

The club’s hopes of a deal for Willock have been boosted with Arsenal signing Anderlecht’s Belgian midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga and Emile Smith Rowe signing a long-term contract. But Bruce wants a straight answer.

Steve Bruce wants to bring in three or four new signings before the start of the season

Steve Bruce wants to bring in three or four new signings before the start of the season

‘What are they going to do with Arsenal?’ he added.

“They have brought in two midfielders. That’s our starting point, with Joe, because let’s face it, he had an incredible three or four months with us. But there has to be a time when we know: will it be yes or no?

“We are only allowed two domestic loans, and we are only allowed one from each club. So there’s got to come a time when there’s a shutdown, and we’ve got to find out what’s happening. We are still doing our very best, whether on loan or to buy it. We’re still trying.’