Joe Willock would be an ‘unbelievable’ signing for Newcastle United but Arsenal may not be willing to let him leave. 

That’s according to former Leeds United goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Willock’s future.

A Newcastle source has told Football Insider that Willock recently told his teammates that he is open to moving to St James’ Park on a permanent basis after enjoying his time in the North East since moving on loan in January.

It is understood that discussions over a second loan spell for Willock took place in January though nothing was written into the deal that was eventually signed.

Last week, Steve Bruce admitted he’d like to keep Willock and is quoted by The Chronicle as saying, “I’d love to keep him here. Obviously, we’ll have big discussions with Arsenal.”

Kenny claims that the permanent signing of Willock would be an ‘unbelievable’ move by Newcastle but insisted that Arsenal may want to keep their in-form player.

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“They’ve sent him out on loan to give him experience and get him the game time he wasn’t getting at Arsenal,” Kenny told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“He’s scored some fine goals recently and he would be an unbelievable signing for Newcastle. 

“I’m sure Arsenal are watching his progress and they might not let him go if he’s doing well and could get in their team.”

Willock, 21, has scored four goals in his ten outings for Newcastle after joining the club in the final hours of the January transfer window.

He netted on his debut against Southampton and has now scored three in his last three appearances as a substitute with all of those strikes coming later than the 80th minute.

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