Newcastle boss Steve Bruce admits he would ‘love’ to sign Joe Willock this summer, after the midfielder’s red-hot form helped them out of trouble.
- Joe Willock has made a significant impact since joining Newcastle this year
- The midfielder scored for a fourth consecutive game in victory over Leicester
- Steve Bruce admitted that he wants to try and sign Willock permanently this summer
Steve Bruce has admitted that he would like to sign Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock permanently this summer.
The 21-year-old has been a standout player for Newcastle since being loaned out by Arsenal in February, and was instrumental in climbing the table away from relegation issues.
Willock scored in his fourth straight game on Friday when the Magpies shocked Leicester City with a 4-2 victory on the road.
In form Newcastle midfielder Joe Willock scored for the fourth consecutive game in the win at Leicester
The midfielder also grabbed goals against Southampton, Tottenham, West Ham and Liverpool for Newcastle.
Bruce, who has seen pressure around his position diminish in recent weeks, thanks in part to Willock, said he will try to sign him in the summer.
‘We would all like to [make it permanent], ‘Said Bruce talkSPORT.
He’s 21, a midfield player and he’s scored five goals since the turn of the year, so of course we want him – but we have to respect that he’s the Arsenal player.
Steve Bruce admitted that he will try to take over Willock from Arsenal for good this summer
“I’m sure Arsenal will have big discussions this summer, but if there is the possibility that we can get him back, we are happy to do so.”
The Newcastle boss also insisted that he would not sell star man Allan Saint-Maximin.
Discussing the winger’s future, he added, ‘I said when we signed him that he was going to be someone who takes you off the edge of your seat and how often do you feel that way about an individual player?
‘He has great natural ability and I wouldn’t be surprised if other teams look, because his ability is visible to everyone.
‘He is a very gifted person and of course young. The last thing we want to do is sell our better players, that’s for sure. ‘
Newcastle manager also discussed the future of their star player Allan Saint-Maximin (right)