Steve Bruce says Newcastle United will keep ‘badgering’ Arsenal over Joe Willock transfer

Newcastle United are keen on re-signing Joe Willock from Arsenal (Getty)

Steve Bruce has told Arsenal that Newcastle United will keep ‘badgering away’ in their bid to re-sign Joe Willock.

The 21-year-old joined Newcastle on loan at the start of February and impressed during his short stint at St James’ Park with eight goals in 14 appearances.

Willock has returned to pre-season training with Arsenal and played in the 2-2 draw with Rangers on Saturday.

But Bruce remains hopeful that Newcastle can reach a new agreement with the Gunners for the midfielder.

‘As I’ve said, it’s really Arsenal’s decision,’ Bruce said on Sunday.

‘And until Arsenal make a decision, a bit like all the big clubs, they have a look over pre-season, we’ll keep monitoring and badgering away.

Joe Willock scored eight goals during his loan spell at Newcastle United last season (Getty)

‘We’d love to do something but it’s still Arsenal’s call.’

However, Mikel Arteta dampened Newcastle’s hopes of securing a deal by claiming that Willock is part of his plans for the upcoming campaign.

‘Joe is part of our plans, he’s our player and in the time that he is here we will try to make the most out of him,’ said the Arsenal manager.

‘He had a great experience on loan. He was, I think one of the most important players for their survival.”’

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