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Watford reject Newcastle bid for Joao Pedro

Joao Pedro celebrates a goal by putting his hand to his ears

Watford have rejected a bid of £20 million from Newcastle United for Joao Pedro, according to Sky Sports.

The Hertfordshire club insists the 20-year-old is not for sale at any price. It is unclear if Newcastle will return with an improved offer.

Emmanuel Dennis has joined Nottingham Forest while Leeds United are closing in on a deal for Ismaila Sarr. Watford don’t want to lose Pedro too.

The Hornets are fighting for promotion back to the Premier League, and losing three key players will not help their efforts.

Pedro joined Watford from Fluminense in 2020. He netted nine goals and two assists to help the club gain promotion from the Championship.

He struggled in his first season in the Premier League and was in and out of the starting XI. Pedro also had to deal with personal tragedy as his father passed away.

The forward scored only three goals and missed six big chances.

The Hornets were relegated back to the Championship, but Newcastle saw his raw talent and want to sign him.

Pedro is fleet-footed and can play anywhere across the forward line. His dribbling ability and pace can help him play on the wings. His aerial strength and link-up play allow him to function as a striker.

He has already shown how important he can be for Rob Edwards and his team this season.

Pedro scored the only goal of the game and was voted the man-of-the-match as Watford defeated Sheffield United at Vicarage Road.

He was electric against West Bromwich Albion in the next game. Although had a quiet outing against Burnley, it was due to the extra attention he received from the Clarets.

Newcastle will have to cough up a bigger amount to convince Watford to sell. They are also keen on Chelsea duo Callum Hudson-Odoi and Conor Gallagher.

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