Newcastle coach Steve Bruce issues warning on Arsenal's Joe Willock
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Newcastle coach Steve Bruce issues warning on Arsenal's Joe Willock

Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce is still keen on re-signing Arsenal's Joe Willock ahead of the new season. 

However, the deal seems to be taking longer and Bruce has warned Willock, telling Arsenal that Newcastle cannot wait all summer to sign the midfielder. Willock spent the second half of last season on loan at Magpies and was impressive as he helped the club remain in the Premier League. 

Willock remains Newcastle's number one target but Bruce says the club cannot wait forever to sign him again. 

Speaking to BBC Radio Newcastle, Bruce said, "We can’t wait forever." 

"We’ve made it pretty obvious all summer that he’s our number one target, so we’ll keep working away at it and see if something can develop. But, there comes a cut-off period."

On new signings 

"We haven’t made a bid for anybody – yet. We’ve got one or two irons in the fire."

"I’m confident that we’ll bring two or three new players in, but we’ll have to wait another week or so."

United will start their Premier League campaign at home against West Ham United. 

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