It would be a great deal for Newcastle United if Joe Willock returns to the club in any capacity next season. 

That’s according to former Leeds United man Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the on-loan Arsenal midfielder.

A Newcastle source has told Football Insider that discussions over a second loan spell for Willock took place in January though nothing was written into the deal that was eventually signed.

This comes after this site revealed Willock told his teammates that he was open to moving to St James’ Park on a permanent basis after enjoying his time in the North East.

The chance to play regular football in the Premier League is understood to be a major driving force behind Willock’s thinking.

Whelan insists Willock returning to Newcastle on any terms would be a good deal for the club but it all depends on what Mikel Arteta’s plans are.

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“He’s already kind of bedded in and he’s shown his worth,” Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“It’s really down to Arteta and if he has plans for him in the future. If he has got plans for him in the future but not right now then another loan deal is good for both sides. 

“If they can strike a deal and get him in permanently and he’s happy to do that and move to Newcastle then even better.

“He’s got youth on his side, he’s going to progress and get better and that will be beneficial for Newcastle and for whichever manager is there over the next few years.”

Willock has scored three goals for Newcastle so far, with his header against West Ham all but securing the club’s Premier League status for another year.

His strike against Tottenham could also prove vital as it secured a much needed point against a good side in a 2-2 draw.

In other Newcastle United news, a Magpies star has been tipped to dazzle at Rangers amid £3million transfer reveal.