Joe Willock: Newcastle agree deal to sign Arsenal midfielder for more than '20m

Last update on.From section NewcastleWillock scored seven goals in seven games for Newcastle towards the end last season.Arsenal and Newcastle have agreed to pay a fee in excess of 20m for Joe Willock, a Newcastle midfielder.After a successful loan spell, Steve Bruce, Magpies boss, has not made any secret of his desire for the 21-year old to be signed on a permanent contract.After joining the club in January, Willock played in seven Premier League matches consecutively to steer the club out of relegation.Personal terms have yet to be agreed, it is understood.Mikel Arteta, Arsenal manager, refused to clarify why Willock was not in his team for Sunday's friendly defeat against Tottenham.Last season, the Gunners saw just seven league appearances by the England under-21 international.Arsenal were linked to Leicester midfielder James Maddison, but Brendan Rodgers, the Foxes boss, said that he believed Maddison would remain.