There have been discussions between Newcastle and Arsenal over a second loan spell for Joe Willock, Football Insider understands.
Willock, 21, joined Newcastle on loan from Arsenal during the final hours of the January transfer window.
This site revealed on Thursday that Willock has expressed an interest in joining Newcastle permanently in the summer.
A Newcastle source has now told Football Insider that the prospect of sending Willock back to the club for the entirety of next season was brought up during the discussions in January over the player’s current loan.
Nothing was written into the contract about a second loan spell but both clubs were open to the idea.
It is understood that Arsenal were the more hesitant side as they didn’t want to agree to another loan move six months in advance in case they needed Willock next season.
While there were reservations from Newcastle about committing to an extended loan spell, those doubts have dissipated in recent weeks due to the player’s excellent form.
Willock’s desire to stay in the North East has stemmed from the regular Premier League game time he is getting at St James Park and he believes he won’t get the same chance at Arsenal.
A second loan move could make sense for Newcastle as they may not have the funds to prise such a highly rated English youngster away from Arsenal.
Willock has made nine Premier League appearances for Newcastle since moving to St James Park and he has racked up three goals.
Two of those have come in his last two outings as his strike against Tottenham salvaged a draw and his header against West Ham secured a vital three points as the Magpies’ relegation fears were eased.