Steve Bruce would ‘love’ Arsenal star Joe Willock at Newcastle on permanent deal

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce admits he’d ‘love’ to sign Arsenal’s Joe Willock permanently this summer after midfielder’s red-hot run of form has helped steer them clear of trouble

  • Joe Willock has made a significant impact since joining Newcastle this year
  • The midfielder scored for a fourth successive match in the win at Leicester 
  • Steve Bruce admitted he wants to try and sign Willock permanently this summer 

Steve Bruce has admitted he would love to sign Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock permanently this summer. 

The 21-year-old has been a standout performer for Newcastle since joining on loan from Arsenal back in February, playing a key role to help them climb up the table away from relegation trouble.

Willock scored in his fourth successive match on Friday as the Magpies shocked Leicester City with a 4-2 victory on the road.

In-form Newcastle midfielder Joe Willock scored for the fourth game in a row in Leicester win

The midfielder has also grabbed goals against Southampton, Tottenham, West Ham and Liverpool for Newcastle. 

Bruce, who has seen the pressure around his position relieved in recent weeks, thanks in part to Willock, said he will attempt to sign him in the summer. 

‘All of us would love to [make it permanent],’ Bruce told talkSPORT.

‘He’s 21, a midfield player and he’s got five goals since the turn of the year, so of course we want him – but we have to respect that he’s Arsenal’s player.

Steve Bruce admitted he will be trying to sign Willock permanently from Arsenal this summer

Steve Bruce admitted he will be trying to sign Willock permanently from Arsenal this summer

‘I’m sure Arsenal will have big discussions this summer, but if there’s a possibility that we can bring him back we’d love to do it.’

The Newcastle boss also insisted he would not sell star man Allan Saint-Maximin.

Discussing the winger’s future, he added: ‘I said when we signed him he was going to be someone who gets you off the edge of your seat and how often do you feel like that about an individual player?

‘He has wonderful natural ability and it wouldn’t surprise me if other teams are looking because his ability is there for everybody to see.

‘He is a very gifted individual and young, of course. The last thing we want to be doing is selling our better players that is for sure.’ 

The Newcastle manager also discussed the future of their star man Allan Saint-Maximin (right)

The Newcastle manager also discussed the future of their star man Allan Saint-Maximin (right)

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Joe Willock has been ‘knocking on the door’ of Steve Bruce to start before Newcastle’s Leicester win

Joe Willock reveals he’s been ‘knocking on the door’ of Steve Bruce to get a starting spot as midfielder repays his manager’s faith to score for FOURTH match in a row in Newcastle’s 4-2 win over Leicester

  • Joe Willock has been urging manager Steve Bruce to give him a starting spot
  • The midfielder rewarded his boss with a goal for the fourth match in a row
  • Willock scored his side’s first in a superb 4-2 away victory over Leicester
  • The result effectively secures Newcastle’s Premier League safety this season 

Joe Willock revealed he has been putting pressure on Newcastle manager Steve Bruce to give him a starting spot and it paid off in the Magpies’ 4-2 win away to Leicester.

The midfielder, on loan from Arsenal, scored his side’s first goal and has now netted in each of his last four appearances for Newcastle.

The first three of those came from cameos off the bench, and Willock was grateful to get the chance to make an impact from the start against Leicester. 

Joe Willock scored for the four match in a row in Newcastle’s impressive 4-2 win over Leicester

The midfielder revealed he has been knocking on Steve Bruce's door to try and get a start

The midfielder revealed he has been knocking on Steve Bruce’s door to try and get a start

‘We knew we had to get something out of today’s game,’ Willock told Sky Sports. ‘To come here and do it so convincingly is brilliant.

‘I’ve come off the bench a few times and scored. So I was knocking on the door and I told the manager I needed to start and he believed in me and put me in and hopefully I repaid him.’  

After Willock’s opener, a Paul Dummett header and a second-half brace from Callum Wilson put the visitors four goals up.

Marc Albrighton and Kelechi Iheanacho halved the deficit to set up a slightly nervy finish, but Newcastle held on for a deserved win.

The result effectively confirms the club’s Premier League survival, and Willock was proud of how clinical his side were on the break as they stuck to their gameplan.

Callum Wilson scored a second-half brace as the visitors tore Leicester apart on the counter

Callum Wilson scored a second-half brace as the visitors tore Leicester apart on the counter

‘They are a top side, fighting for the Champions League,’ Willock said.

‘We had to defend well and knew we had more than enough pace on the counter to get the goals like we did today. That was not how we wanted to finish. We wanted to stay on top.

‘All week we have been trying to stay compact and when we get behind them be ruthless. I am happy Callum [Wilson] is back on the scoresheet and that will give him confidence.’

Newcastle host Manchester City and Sheffield United in their next two matches, before travelling to Craven Cottage to face Fulham on the last day of the season.

Paul Dummett rose well to nod in Newcastle' second goal and send them on their way in win

Paul Dummett rose well to nod in Newcastle’ second goal and send them on their way in win

The win effectively secured Newcastle's Premier League safety with three matches remaining

The win effectively secured Newcastle’s Premier League safety with three matches remaining

That match had the potential to be a relegation decider, but with Steve Bruce’s side now in 13th and 12 points ahead of Fulham, they look certain to be playing top-flight football once again next season.

Paul Dummett was full of praise for Willock after the match, and for the performance the whole team produced.

‘We stayed solid and hit them on the break quite a lot’ Dummett said. ‘It is going to be tough for teams to catch us now. It is a massive step in the right direction.

”Joe Willock has energy and always arrives in the box at the right time. He has given us a great lift.’

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Leicester vs Newcastle – Premier League: Live score, lineups and updates

Leicester vs Newcastle LIVE: The Foxes can cement their place in the top four with a win over Steve Bruce’s struggling side as the Magpies scrap for survival at the King Power

Leicester City can take another step closer to sealing a place in the top four as they welcome struggling Newcastle to the King Power Stadium on Friday night football.

Brendan Rodgers’ side are looking strong in the battle for Champions League qualification after agonisingly missing out on Europe’s elite competition last season, and victory over the Magpies will all but secure that dream with only a handful of games remaining. 

The Foxes are on 63 points – five points clear of fifth placed West Ham United and they can move a point behind second place Manchester United with three points.

The Magpies are still in the relegation mix at the bottom of the table, with Steve Bruce’s men suffering a bruising season but know they can put daylight between themselves and Fulham – who occupy 18th spot – with a shock win. 

Follow Sportsmail’s MATT VERRI for live EPL coverage of Leicester vs Newcastle, including scoreline, lineups and build-up.  

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Everton eyeing a move for Metz starlet Pape Sarrr as Toffees look to beat Chelsea and Man United

Everton eyeing a move for Metz starlet Pape Sarr this summer as the Toffees look to beat Chelsea and Manchester United to the £27m-rated midfielder

  • Everton are eyeing a move for promising Metz midfielder Pape Sarr 
  • The 18-year-old has alerted several clubs with his performances in Ligue 1 
  • Manchester United and Chelsea are also interested in the Sengal international
  • The young midfielder has been valued at £27million by his French club

Everton are leading the chase for exciting young Metz midfielder Pape Sarr.

The 18-year old is already a full international for Senegal but his early performances in the French League have alerted a host of Premier League clubs who are keen to prise him away this summer.

Sarr only made his debut in November but his potential is evident with good technical ability, an eye for goal and high energy to play box to box.

Everton are eyeing a move for promising young Metz midfielder Pape Sarr this summer

Everton have discussed the possibility of a deal though are aware Metz are looking to drive up the price amid rival interest from Aston Villa plus Chelsea, Manchester United and Newcastle. 

The French club are hoping for £27million. The youngster, who can play anywhere across the midfield, has two goals in 18 appearances after making his debut in November.

He signed a five-year contract with Metz last year but the club now face a battle to keep him.

Everton are looking to strengthen their forward options plus right back and goalkeeper this summer but remain alert to promising talent and Sarr fits that profile.

Norwich’s £30m-rated Max Aarons remains a target for right back though they have also been offered Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier. 

The midfielder has alerted several Premier League clubs with his impressive performances

The midfielder has alerted several Premier League clubs with his impressive performances

The 18-year-old signed a five-year deal with the French club last year and  is valued at £27m

The 18-year-old signed a five-year deal with the French club last year and  is valued at £27m

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