Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce has, on Saturday, provided a fresh insight into both the club’s pursuit of Joe Willock, and the future of Allan Saint-Maximin.
‘Really, really hope’
First up comes an update on the former.
Midfield talent Willock of course spent the 2nd half of last season playing his trade at St. James’ Park, after struggling for game-time under Mikel Arteta’s watch at the Emirates.
And the 21-year-old quickly went on to remind viewers of his unquestionable talents, racking up a hugely impressive 8 goals in 14 Premier League appearances for the Magpies.
It has therefore since come as little surprise to hear that those in a position of power on Tyneside have set their sights firmly on luring Willock back to the club over the coming weeks, this time on a permanent basis.
Thus far, however, the Magpies have failed to meet Arsenal’s understandably considerable asking price.
In turn, speaking on the back of his side’s friendly meeting with Norwich City this afternoon, Steve Bruce was inevitably pushed for the latest on Newcastle’s Willock pursuit.
And the English tactician went on to explain:
‘We’re in dialogue with Arsenal, but we have to respect he’s their player. Until we can reach an agreement with Arsenal, and what they want, the rest is immaterial.’
‘I really, really hope (we can sign someone next week). We’re still hopeful we can get our main target – I’ll try my utmost to make it happen.’
Steve Bruce gives verdict on Allan Saint-Maximin transfer speculation, Joe #Willock Arsenal “update”/stalemate, as massive MD pay-rise and club losses revealed #nufchttps://t.co/m3Fw15MO1q
— Simon Bird (@SimonBird_) August 7, 2021
As outlined above, though, Bruce’s update on Newcastle’s squad plans for the fast-approaching new season did not end there.
This comes with the 60-year-old having also been questioned on the future of star man Allan Saint-Maximin.
Despite having been hampered by injuries, ASM proved Newcastle’s standout performer once again last season, lighting up the left flank with searing pace, dazzling quick feet and en eye for goal.
Links to some of the club’s Premier League rivals, chiefly Everton, to this point in the summer, have therefore not come as a huge surprise.
But Bruce was adamant that his explosive French attacker will in fact be going nowhere over the weeks ahead, explaining:
Steve Bruce on ASM when asked if he was staying: “It’s vital we keep him fit and well. Absolutely, 100%, I will say we’re keeping him.” #nufc
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) August 7, 2021
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