Newcastle complete £25million transfer of Arsenal star Joe Willock on six-year deal but he WON'T play against West Ham

NEWCASTLE have announced the signing of Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock on a permanent deal.

The 21-year-old has signed a six-year contract at St James Park, costing a reported £25million.

Willock enjoyed an excellent loan spell at Newcastle in the second half of last season, scoring eight goals in 14 Premier League appearances.

The talented midfielder picked up the Prem Player of the Month award in May for his outstanding efforts on Tyneside.

Speaking to Newcastle's official website, Willock said: "I'm buzzing to be here.

"I loved my time here last season and I'm really happy to be back and to be a Newcastle United player.

"Leaving Arsenal is obviously a big step – and I'd like to thank everyone involved with the club for all their support over the years.

"But this is the right move to the right club at the right time for me.

"I only got one chance to play in front of a smaller number of Newcastle fans as a home player last season, so I can't wait to step out in front of a packed St James' Park and experience that atmosphere.

"Come on, you Maggies!"

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce added: "I'm absolutely delighted to secure out number one target.

"We have had to be patient and persistent, but it has been worth the wait to bring Joe back.

"I want to thank Lee Charnley in particular for the work he has put in to make the deal happen.

"The club have gone above and beyond to make it possible.

"Joe is a wonderful young player with all the attributes you want in a midfielder, and he certainly proved that during his time with us last season.

"This is a move I know our supporters really wanted us to make – and I know they will join me in giving Joe a very warm welcome back to St James' Park."

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