London (AFP) – Newcastle secured the signing of Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock on Friday on a everlasting deal after a formidable mortgage spell on Tyneside final season.
Willock, 21, scored eight targets for the Magpies in simply 14 Premier League appearances, together with matching Newcastle legend Alan Shearer’s report of scoring in seven consecutive video games to finish the season.
Newcastle are reported to have paid over £20 million ($27 million) for the England under-21 worldwide.
“I’m buzzing to be right here,” Willock mentioned in a Newcastle assertion. “I liked my time right here final season and I’m actually joyful to be again and to be a Newcastle United participant.
“Leaving Arsenal is clearly a giant step, and I’d prefer to thank everybody concerned with the membership for all their assist through the years, however that is the appropriate transfer to the appropriate membership on the proper time for me.”
Willock is Newcastle’s first signing of the switch window amid extra supporter unrest at proprietor Mike Ashley’s lack of ambition.
Nonetheless, supervisor Steve Bruce praised the membership hierarchy for tying Willock right down to a six-year contract.
“The place else are you able to discover a 21-year-old who scored seven targets on the trot and fill the sneakers of Joe? There will not be many round, so honest play to everyone involved,” mentioned Bruce.
“There have been occasions once I didn’t suppose it was going to occur, however honest play to (managing director) Lee (Charnley) and everyone involved, we’ve managed to get it over the road.”