Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt have released Dutch left-back Jetro Willems after four seasons on their books.
THANK YOU, BOYS! 🦅❤️
Willems, Brugger, Fahrnberger and Makanda will leave Frankfurt when their contracts expire on 30 June, while on-loan Jovic and Schubert will return to their parent clubs.#SGE pic.twitter.com/AqRSafQMql
— Eintracht Frankfurt (@eintracht_eng) May 24, 2021
The 27-year-old joined Newcastle United on a season-long loan in 2019-20 before an injury ended his spell in January 2020.
Willems has not played since despite returning to full fitness, and Bild reported last week that he is set to re-join the Magpies on a free.
The Netherlands international has been linked with a return to St James’ Park ever since he left, and he has always indicated a willingness to do so through his social media posts.
Someone know the rules if i want to travel from Amsterdam to Newcastle? Just for 1 night😀
— Jetro willems (@JetroWillems_15) April 3, 2021
— Jetro willems (@JetroWillems_15) November 6, 2020
What do you want?
— Ashley Merrington (@ajmerrington) April 25, 2020
To sign and play for NUFC
— Jetro willems (@JetroWillems_15) April 25, 2020
He took to Twitter last night to say his goodbyes to Frankfurt, and Newcastle fans flocked the post to reply:
Please say your coming back to Newcastle 🖤🤍
— Jarvis 🏁 (@Jarviik) May 24, 2021
You coming back to the toon jetro?
— Craig Fraser (@CraigFr45203116) May 24, 2021
See you soon Jetro ⚫⚪
— R̴o̴b̴ ⚫⚪ (@nufcsaintmax) May 24, 2021
See you soon my guy. We’ve missed you! pic.twitter.com/bXM9S5GG9e
— Magpie 24/7 – Newcastle United (@Magpie24_7) May 24, 2021
Time to return home jetro the toon army awaits your return pic.twitter.com/M7wLd6DIDq
— black brad (@ToonGrimreaper) May 24, 2021
See you soon 🖤🤍🖤🤍 X pic.twitter.com/wmjEsXTWdv
— Holly Blades (@HollyBlades05) May 24, 2021
Welcome back to Newcastle king👑
— alf (@ajustice00) May 24, 2021
On your way to Newcastle?👀👀
— . (@OwenB774) May 24, 2021
Now you come home jetro ⚫️⚪️ @NUFC
— Geordie_Fan9 (@Fan9Geordie) May 24, 2021
Willems scored twice and assisted twice in 19 Premier League games during his short-lived Newcastle spell, forming a solid partnership with Allan Saint-Maximin on the left side of the pitch.
The wing-back’s goal against Liverpool emerged as the Magpies’ goal of the season last term, and head coach Steve Bruce could do with a quality free agent this summer.
🥁 Your 2019/20 goal of the season…
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) August 14, 2020
Newcastle reportedly have around £12 million to spend on transfers this summer, and strengthening their defence with a player willing to join them would be a smart move.
Having not played for 18 months, a deal for Willems would need to be wrapped up quickly to get him involved in the pre-season preparations.