Steve Bruce on Newcastle pursuit of Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock
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Steve Bruce on Newcastle pursuit of Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock

Newcastle head coach Steve Bruce says they want to bring back Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock ahead of the new season. 

Bruce was addressing the media after Newcastle's friendly with Doncaster yesterday about their pursuit of Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock - and safe to say, it's still ongoing.

"Of course, we want him back. He did great with us & gives us another dimension in midfield that we haven’t got. We’ll keep bashing away at it," he told Sky. 

Bruce also questioned what the Gunners are going to do with Willock this season. And the Toon chief admits there will be a time when he needs an answer on the England Under-21 international.

"With Arsenal, what are they going to do? They’ve brought in two midfield players. That’s our starting point, with Joe, because let’s be fair, he had an unbelievable three or four months with us."

"But there has to be a time where we know – is it going to be yes or no?"

Bruce admits he must box clever in the transfer window and will use both of his domestic loans.

"We’re only allowed two domestic loans, and we’re only allowed one from each club. So, there has to come a time when there’s a cut-off, and we have to find out what’s happening."

"We’re still trying our utmost, whether it’s on loan or to buy him. We’re still trying."

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