Newcastle United to complete fourth summer signing as Joao Pedro agreement reached with Watford

Joao Pedro, Watford, January 2022

Newcastle United have reached an agreement with Watford for the signing of Joao Pedro, according to a trusted transfer source.

While they were expected to spend big this summer, Newcastle have been fairly reserved in the transfer window. Indeed, they have made just three signings to this point.

The Magpies managed to snare long-term target Sven Botman, as well as Matt Targett and Nick Pope.

They have been linked with a number of big moves, beyond those that have been completed. The potential move for Pedro seems to have been in the works for some time.

Newcastle reportedly had an offer of £20million turned down by Watford not long ago.

However, they have seemingly continued in their pursuit of the Brazilian beyond that point.

Indeed, their persistence has paid off, too. Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano reports that Newcastle have come to an agreement with Watford over the signing of Pedro.

The deal will reportedly be for an initial £25million, with add-ons making the transfer worth £30million.

Newcastle have also apparently tied down Pedro for a good while. Romano reports that he will be under contract at St James’ Park until 2028.

Indeed, Eddie Howe’s side will be happy to have secured the signing of their target.

Joao Pedro a good snare for Newcastle

The signing of Pedro seems a good one by Newcastle. The forward has shown his abilities during his time in England, firstly in the Championship – he netted nine times in his first season in England.

Pedro showed moments of quality in the top flight, too. Indeed, he contributed to four goals last term, including a goal against Manchester United.

Given he is just 20 years old, and has already shown a good deal of promise, he should evolve into a top player in the coming years. Newcastle should be a good environment for him to do that in, too, as they have a fair few Brazilians in the side.

He will no doubt be able to battle for a starting spot in the side. Newcastle would not have bought him if they did not think he had the potential to be a star, and help them climb up the league.

Both the club and Pedro will hope he hits the ground running.