Tuesday (16 August) introduced information that Newcastle United had seen a bid for Joao Pedro turned down.
The Mail and others reporting that Watford had turned down the NUFC supply for the 20 yr outdated, with a assured £20m plus one other potential £3m in future add-ons stated to have been put to the Championship membership.
These experiences including that Watford are determined to carry on to Joao Pedro for his or her Championship problem and can be extra open to promoting winger Ismaila Sarr, who Newcastle have additionally beforehand been linked with.
Nevertheless, Newcastle seemingly having no curiosity now in 24 yr outdated Sarr, with Joao Pedro positively becoming the profile of the younger uncooked versatile attacking participant that NUFC have made clear they wish to land this summer time.
Watford’s reported response certainly one of no method would they be contemplating letting Joao Pedro go away.
Nevertheless, on Thursday, Watford Head Coach Rob Edwards has been speaking about Newcastle’s bid for Joao Pedro and admitted that an elevated supply can be thought-about by himself and the Watford board.
Seemingly an acceptance that this switch might effectively occur, if Newcastle are prepared to compromise and are available nearer to the Watford valuation.
The Hornets have already been wheeling and dealing within the switch window and with solely two weeks remaining, if they will promote Joao Pedro then it could make sense they’d be eager to get a deal accomplished ASAP, in order that they’ll then have time to make use of a few of that potential NUFC money for a reinforcement or two.
At his Watford press convention (forward of dealing with Preston on the weekend) Rob Edwards speaking about Newcastle’s curiosity in signing Joao Pedro and their opening bid – Thursday 18 August 2022:
“There has a been a bid in for Joao Pedro that has been talked about.
“It was not wherever close to the extent that we’d count on it to be for him…
“…however I’m concerned in that dialog and if the rest (a better bid from Newcastle United or some other membership) was to return in once more, we are going to sit down and speak about it as a membership and as a board.”
Watford have began the season in respectable model, eight factors from their opening 4 matches and Joao Pedro has began all 4 and scored one aim.
As an 18 yr outdated, Joao Pedro kicked off the 2020/21 Championship season with Watford, after becoming a member of from Brazilian membership Fluminese. Scoring 9 objectives and getting two assists as he began 31 league matches (plus seven assists).
Final season within the Premier League, Joao Pedro began 15 video games (plus 13 sub appearances) and scored three objectives, plus acquired one help. That trio of objectives included the final minute equaliser at St James’ Park (see picture above) that gave Watford a draw.
He definitely suits the profile of what Newcastle seem to have been on the lookout for, a younger promising attacking participant who can play out vast in addition to by means of the center.
At Brighton on Saturday, it was noticeable how the house aspect had been capable of carry on additional attacking menace from the bench, while Newcastle…couldn’t. Jacob Murphy providing nothing, while Eddie Howe solely launched Chris Wooden very late one and that was to interchange Callum Wilson, not play alongside him.