Despite Leeds United’s interest, it appears like Joao Pedro will join Newcastle United.
Only last week, Italian media outlets claimed that Leeds was close to signing the Watford attacker.
But since then, Newcastle has been without a doubt the most important team to be connected to the 20-year-old.
The Times reported on Wednesday that the Magpies and the Hornets were close to reaching a £30 million agreement for Pedro.
The player is now interested in joining the St James’s Park team, according to Fabrizio Romano’s Twitter post.
Newcastle has been searching for a new number nine all summer, and it appears that they may have found it in this player.
With their interest waning in compared to the Tynesiders’, it remains to be seen if Leeds will continue their search for a different attacker in light of this development.
Saudi Public Investment Fund nevertheless took a big risk by paying £30 million for the player.
Pedro’s potential is undeniable, but three goals in 28 Premier League appearances the previous season speaks for itself.
Yes, he is still young, therefore it makes sense to believe that he will make significant progress.
But if Callum Wilson goes hurt, which he frequently does, Eddie Howe will only have Pedro and Chris Wood to fall back on for goals.
To put it mildly, it doesn’t inspire confidence. Who knows, Leeds might end up being happy they didn’t spend a fortune to beat Newcastle to his signature.