Newcastle now 'weighing up move' for £20m star at St James' Park

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe

Newcastle United are ‘weighing up’ whether to make another approach for Watford striker Joao Pedro, according to talkSPORT reporter Alex Crook.

The Magpies are now focussing their attention and remaining resources on improving their attack after bringing in goalkeeper Nick Pope and defenders Sven Botman and Matt Targett earlier in the window.

What is the latest news involving Pedro?

Football Insider have reported that Newcastle launched an initial £20 million bid for Pedro as they continue to search for cover and competition in the final third of the pitch.

Eddie Howe’s charges eventually lost out to Paris Saint-Germain in the race for Hugo Ekitike’s signature and have been credited with an interest in a handful of forwards since.

And the Daily Mail’s North-East football correspondent Craig Hope has provided an update on Pedro’s situation, largely backing up what Crook has already told GiveMeSport.

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Hope states that Newcastle are set to return with an ‘improved offer’ for the 20-year-old, although it’s still thought to be ‘way short Watford’s £35m valuation’.

However, it’s also claimed that there is ‘confidence among some a compromise will be agreed this week’, providing Newcastle fans with renewed faith that a new striker will finally land at St. James’ Park.

What has Crook said about Pedro?

In a recent interview with Sky Sports, Howe has openly admitted that he is still ‘looking at a couple of attacking players that can make a difference’ in the final third of the pitch.

Yet Crook has disclosed to GMS that Newcastle only have a budget of £40m left to spend, meaning negotiations over Pedro could be tough.

He said: “I’m not sure. I think they’re weighing it up, but I think they’ve only got £40 million to spend, and they still want two in. Two forward players, one wide player and a backup for Callum Wilson.”

Would Pedro be a good signing?

Pedro was unable to prevent Watford was suffering relegation from the Premier League last term and was only able to rack up four goal contributions in 28 top-flight appearances.

Nevertheless, the Brazilian still put up some impressive underlying numbers, indicating why Newcastle are so eager to secure his services.

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As per FBref, Pedro has ranked in the 99th percentile for interceptions, 98th for blocks and completed dribbles, 92nd for progressive passes, 87th for tackles, 85th for progressive carries and 84th for pressures amongst his positional peers over the last year.

Pedro will now surely want to add more goals to his game, and with the likes of Bruno Guimaraes and Allan Saint-Maximin supplying him with chances, he could well do that at Newcastle.

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