By Paul Robinson

24th Jun, 2021 | 11:38am

Robinson: Newcastle should copy Leeds with loan-to-buy Willock bid after major update

Newcastle United would ‘ideally’ re-sign Arsenal’s Joe Willock on a second loan deal with an option to buy, according to Paul Robinson.

The former Spurs and England goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, fears the Tyneside club could not afford to sign the “absolutely brilliant” 21-year-old permanently right now.

This site revealed on 23 June that Arsenal would rather sell him permanently than green light another temporary move.

Football Insider understands, as of 22 April, that Willock told his Newcastle teammates he wants to return to St. James’ Park next season.

He has two years remaining on his contract at Arsenal.

Robinson suggested the Magpies structure a deal similar to that of Leeds United’s agreement with Manchester City regarding Jack Harrison.

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“The ideal deal for Newcastle would be a second loan deal,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs

“I’m not sure if they have the money to sign him on a permanent basis right now.

“He was absolutely brilliant for them last season. He went up there, played week in, week out and looked like a different player.

“A big part of the success Newcastle enjoyed towards the end of the season was down to him so it would be huge if Newcastle can sign him.

“If they could negotiate another loan deal with an option to buy at the end of next season, a little bit like how Leeds structured Jack Harrison’s deal. That would be perfect.

“It would be great if they can get it done because he looked like he was enjoying his football at Newcastle.”

In other news, a ‘barely seen’ Newcastle player has been backed for a ‘huge’ 2021/22 after a summer boost.