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Newcastle will not be signing Joao Pedro on deadline day

An update has emerged regarding Newcastle United‘s chances of signing Joao Pedro on deadline day of the summer transfer window…

What’s the talk?

90min reporter Graeme Bailey has revealed that the Magpies had not completely given up their pursuit of the Brazilian, but they will not be signing him this summer as he has reaffirmed his commitment to Watford.

The Magpies had at least one offer rejected by the Championship side earlier this month and Bailey believes that they may go back in for him in the future.

He tweeted: “Joao Pedro confirms intent to stay at Watford – there was still some lingering interest from Newcastle, who will be back for the Brazilian.”

Return in January

Bailey has confirmed that the Tyneside club still hold an interest in the attacker, and they should duly return with an improved effort to sign him in the January transfer window.

Making a fresh attempt to convince them to sell him on deadline day could prove difficult due to how much time the Hornets would have to replace him. However, if Newcastle return at the start of January, that could give Watford ample opportunity to bring someone in to fill the void.

The Athletic’s Adam Leventhal once hailed Pedro as a “prodigious talent” and, at the age of 20, he would be a signing with a view to the future. He has plenty of years left ahead of him to develop and hone his skills, which means that the Magpies could invest in his stock by snapping him up in January.

Although he is a striker by trade, the Brazilian can also play out wide on the left and in the hole as a number 10, which shows that he is a versatile option who could play around Alexander Isak.

The £30k-per-week gem, who journalist Sam Street hailed as a “monster“, would also suit Eddie Howe’s pressing style of play.

Over the last 365 days, Pedro ranks in the 81st percentile among players in his position in Europe’s top five leagues for pressures per 90 for his performances in the Premier League last term. He also ranks in the 99th percentile for interceptions and 98th for blocks, along with the 88th percentile for tackles per 90, showing that he is one of the best in his position at these parts of the game.

This suggests that he has the work-rate and quality out of possession to play effectively within a pressing system, which is why Newcastle must go for him again in January.

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