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Newcastle could revive interest in Joao Pedro

Newcastle United could reportedly be set to make a fresh approach for Watford sensation Joao Pedro in January, with the Magpies having been unable to strike an agreement in the summer.

What’s the word?

According to Football Insider, the Tynesiders are said to have “concrete” interest in signing the 21-year-old in the winter window, with Eddie Howe and co having been ‘closely monitoring’ his progress at Vicarage Road this season.

The St James’ Park outfit had failed to bring in the Brazilian ace during the summer despite launching a reported £30m bid for the youngster, while fellow Premier League side Everton having also been interested in a move at the time.

As per this latest report, it remains to be seen if the Hornets will cash in this time around, with the Championship said to view the former Fluminese sensation as a ‘key player’ in their bid for promotion.

‘Incredible’ for Howe

Howe and co have seemingly been unperturbed by being knocked back in the recent window, with it looking as if Newcastle have their eyes firmly set on the 6-foot menace to help bolster their attacking options.

The “incredible” talent – as described by former boss Rob Edwards – is no doubt an attractive option as far as the top-four hopefuls are concerned as a result of both his top-flight experience, but also his invaluable versatility, with the youngster having the ability to feature on the flanks or in a centre-forward berth.

Despite his relative youth, the £12.5k-per-week man has already racked up 91 appearances for his current side since arriving in England from his homeland back in January 2020, scoring 19 goals and providing seven assists in that time.

While now competing in the second tier after last season’s relegation – in which he made five goal involvements across all fronts – the explosive marksman has showcased his quality in the early months of the campaign, registering six goals and two assists in just 17 league games.

A fluid and dynamic attacking threat, Pedro seemingly offers more than just a goalscoring touch, helping to drive his side forward and initiate attacks with his dribbling prowess, as he notably ranks in the top 10% among those in his position outside of Europe’s top five leagues in that metric, as per FBref.

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The promising forward was only recently lauded by current boss Slaven Bilic for his display in the win over Luton Town at the end of last month, with the former Croatian international stating:

“Both Pedro and Davis were great, but Pedro was wow. I said to my staff that still we don’t really know him, but for such a young kid to have that kind of ability, that composure and that special something about him is amazing.”

That glowing assessment is an indication of just why the fleet-footed star is so highly-coveted at present, with it a truly exciting thought as to the havoc that he could unleash under Howe’s tutelage at St James’ Park.