By Nnamdi Onyeagwara

18th Aug, 2022 | 6:10am

Newcastle ready to make another approach for Watford's Joao Pedro - report

Newcastle are preparing themselves to make another bid for Watford forward Joao Pedro, according to the Daily Mail’s Craig Hope.

The Saudi-owned Premier League club have already had a £20m bid for the Brazilian rejected earlier in the window.

However, the report from the Daily Mail revealed that their next bid will be closer to the Championship club’s £35m valuation of the 20-year-old.

Hope said: “Newcastle are returning with an improved offer for Watford forward Joao Pedro after a £20million bid was rejected.

“Sources say the second proposal is still expected to be way short of the Hornets’ £35m valuation, but there is confidence a compromise can be agreed.”

Pedro to Newcastle?

Signing Pedro, despite being a huge transfer outlay for a player with only 31 Premier League appearances, would be a signing of intent from Newcastle.

The Brazilian joined Watford from Fluminese in January 2020 and came with a large amount of hype as his pace and flair were expected to get fans off their seats.

He eventually made his debut as a teenager in a 3-3 FA Cup draw in January 2020 and it is safe to say that he did not disappoint.

Wearing number 17, he came on as a second-half substitute and caused havoc on the left-wing constantly cutting inside and creating dangerous opportunities.

Since then, he has amassed a 77 appearances in total for the Hornets, scoring 14 goals and providing five assists.

The 20-year-old, who turns 21 in September, is far from the finished article but has already demonstrated his potential and Newcastle would be investing in a player with all the potential and ability to become a star in the Premier League.

In other Newcastle news, the club could complete a deal for Marseille forward Bamba Dieng.