Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock is being targeted by League One side Sunderland, according to Football Insider.

Midfielder starlet Joe Willock of Premier League giants Arsenal is the subject of interest from League One side Sunderland, and the Black Cats are considering a loan move for the youngster in the January transfer window.

However, Jack Ross isn’t the only man keen to bring Joe Willock in on loan, with a host of other clubs looking at the possibility of a loan move for the midfielder. A host of Championship clubs and sides from the Netherlands and France are all pursuing loan moves for the 19-year-old when the January transfer window opens.

Football Insider reports that scouts from Sunderland watched Willock play for the Arsenal Under-23 side last week and were impressed by the youngster’s performance as they look to strengthen their squad to push on for a return to the Championship at the first time of asking.

The midfielder spent his youth career with, and rose through the ranks under previous Gunners manager Arsene Wenger. Willock has played 27 times for Arsenal’s Under-18s and 21 times for the Under-23s, as well as making 11 first team appearances.

However, after making 11 appearances for the first team last season, Willock hasn’t featured once this season under new manager Unai Emery, and could be forced to look for first team football elsewhere when the January window opens. The youngster has only been involved in the first team once, when he was an unused substitute on Arsenal’s 2-1 Carabao Cup victory over Blackpool.

Arsenal are set to weigh up the midfielder’s options ahead of the transfer window before sanctioning a loan deal away from The Emirates.


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