By Ben Wild

22nd Apr, 2021 | 1:21pm

Sources: Big new development in Newcastle bid to sign Willock

Joe Willock has told teammates that he wants to stay at Newcastle United next season after an enjoyable loan spell, Football Insider understands.

Willock, 21, joined Newcastle temporarily from Arsenal on the final day of the January transfer window.

He has become an important member of Newcastle’s squad in recent weeks as his vital goals have pulled the club away from the relegation zone.

A Newcastle source has told Football Insider that Willock has expressed an interest in moving back to St James Park next season on a permanent basis.

This is mainly down to the amount of game time given to the midfielder as he believes the opportunity to play regularly in the Premier League does not exist for him at Arsenal.

The player believes that his future could depend on whether Arsenal make an offer for Martin Odegaard once his loan move from Real Madrid expires.

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This site understands that the Gunners are keen to explore a permanent deal for Odegaard at the end of the season and his arrival at Emirates Stadium could open the door for Willock to leave permanently.

There is some doubt over whether Newcastle will have the funds to sign the highly-rated youngster as Arsenal may demand a substantial fee.

Newcastle splashed out on Callum Wilson and Jamal Lewis last summer but there are doubts over how much money Steve Bruce will have to spend after a season played behind closed doors.

Newcastle sit in a much healthier position in the Premier League table after two wins in their last three games.

Willock‘s goals have proved vital as he secured a 2-2 draw against Tottenham and a 3-2 win against West Ham with late goals in each match.

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