Everton could stump Newcastle plans as they plot late swoop for Magpies transfer target

Joao Pedro, Jack Harrison, Watford v Leeds United, April 2022.

Everton are reportedly planning on matching Newcastle United’s offer for Watford star Joao Pedro, in a late swoop for the forward.

Newcastle’s deal for Pedro seemed to be all but done not long ago. Indeed, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano reported that the two clubs had come to an agreement over the transfer.

However, Sky Sports are reporting today that the Magpies have only just made their latest offer, totalling £30million.

Either way, it seems Newcastle now have competition for the forward.

Indeed, Daily Mail correspondent Craig Hope is reporting that Everton are planning on matching Newcastle’s offer.

It would certainly be an interesting turn of events if Everton were to beat the Magpies to the transfer.

It would be a massive loss for Newcastle, given the length of time they have been tracking the star. Indeed, Pedro is the latest in a line of forward stars that have been linked with the club this summer.

They would no doubt have thought that they had finally come to a conclusion in their striker search.

However, Everton could now be in a position to spoil their plans.

The Toffees themselves have been linked with a number of strikers since the departure of Richarlison. A new forward would certainly be a good addition to the side, following that sale.

Joao Pedro a useful addition for Everton

Should they manage to steal the transfer from under Newcastle’s noses, it would be a good one for Everton. They have been crying out for more attacking threat in the early stages of this season.

Anthony Gordon – who may soon depart – has been utilised in a central attacking role for two of the three games Everton have played this season.

During the three games Everton have played so far, they have found the net twice. What’s more, Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s spell on the sidelines will supposedly last for around another month.

With that being said, bringing in reinforcements up top is a must. Pedro, though only 20 years old, has shown he is capable of finding the net, doing so 21 times in his senior career so far.

He is sure to develop, and being the main man at a side like Everton could help him to become a major threat in front of goal.