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Wolves seek Jimenez heir with Joao Pedro transfer

Wolverhampton Wanderers could make a late swoop to steal a target from their Premier League rivals…

What’s the word?

According to 90min, despite Newcastle United seemingly having finalised a move for Watford’s Joao Pedro, with the deal stalling other clubs are gathering interest.

That includes the Old Gold, Everton, Leicester City, Nottingham Forest and Leeds United are all keeping tabs on the situation.

The Hornets are thought to be demanding a fee of around £30m, as the Brazilian still has five years left on his £12.5k-per-week deal.

He can be the Raul Jimenez heir

Although he is yet to explode with his goalscoring, many regard Joao Pedro as one of the most promising talents in Europe.

His ability on the ball is unparalleled for a man of his stature, and he could certainly fill in for the declining Raul Jimenez, who has struggled to recapture his form following his terrible head injury.

Can Joao Pedro fill Raul Jimenez's role at Wolves?

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Pedro is a multi-faceted threat and has impressed during his time at Watford for his link-up play as well as his ability to create scoring opportunities from nothing.

In just four Championship appearances this season he has created two big chances, has averaged 1.3 key passes per game and is successful in 52% of his dribbles.

His all-around game is exceptional, and to replace Jimenez it has to be. The Mexican only managed 1.1 key passes per game last season but contributed to four assists as well as scoring six times himself.

Pedro may have a slight upper hand when it comes to his finesse with the ball at his feet, but three goals in two stints in the Premier League suggest he still has a long way to go with regard to his goalscoring.

His finishing exploits in the Championship have earned him praise, however, with the “exciting” attacker scoring ten and assisting three in 42 appearances.

He seems to improve with each passing season, and if he could be tempted to move to Molineux, it would mark a huge coup as he would continue his development at the club.

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He is not the readymade replacement for Jimenez, but in no time at all, he could grow into it and show why he is the true heir to his play style.

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