Newcastle United have reportedly made a £20m offer for Watford youngster Joao Pedro as they look to bolster their attacking options this summer.
The Lowdown: Pedro shines for Watford
The Hornets may have been relegated from the Premier League last season but Pedro arguably proved to be one of the more positive aspects of their campaign. The 20-year-old scored three goals and chipped in with one assist in the top flight and was also described as a ‘brilliant striker’ by his former boss Xisco Munoz in 2021.
With Watford now in the Championship, Pedro could look to move on from Vicarage Road, and it looks as though St James’ Park could be his next destination.
The Latest: Newcastle make £20m bid
According to Football Insider, Newcastle have submitted a £20m bid for the forward’s services, with a new centre-forward seen as a priority signing at St James’ Park this summer.
The Magpies are believed to see the Watford ace as a ‘top talent’ with the potential to be a ‘sensation’ in the Premier League.
The Verdict: Great young talent
This is an exciting transfer update from a Newcastle perspective, with Pedro such a talented young prospect who could come in as a massive long-term prospect.
The fact that he can play out wide makes him a versatile option, while he took more shots than the Magpies’ top scorer Callum Wilson in 2021/22 (47 to 32) and had a greater rate of shots on target per game (0.88 to 0.78) than the 30-year-old, as per FBRef.
There is no doubt that Eddie Howe could do with more firepower in the final third, with Newcastle’s attack looking a little toothless in the 0-0 draw at Brighton on Saturday as they landed only one shot on target.
While Pedro may not necessarily start every match for the Toon given his tender age, this would be the kind of signing which suggests the Magpies are planning for success over the long-term rather than looking for quick fixes.
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