Newcastle United and Joe Willock are a distance apart on agreeing personal terms despite a fee being agreed with Arsenal for the midfielder.
The Magpies are hoping to sign the 21-year-old in time for their season opener at the weekend against West Ham, after having a bid of £25m, including add-ons, accepted.
Willock has been Newcastle’s number-one target all window following a successful loan spell in the second half of last season.
During his time at St James’, the midfielder scored eight goals in 14 appearances and set a new record by becoming the youngest player to score in seven consecutive games.
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has made no secret of his desire to see Willock return to the club this summer, and said last month they would “keep badgering away” to secure his signing.
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