Newcastle In Talks To Sign Brazilian Forward
Watford forward João Pedro has been subject to two separate bids from The Magpies as Eddie Howe looks to bolster his attacking options.
Earlier this week, Newcastle placed an initial bid in the region of £20,000,000, which was swiftly rejected by The Hornets.
Yesterday, it is believed that an improved offer went in for the Brazilian striker, which is thought to be a deal worth a total of £25,000,000 including add-ons. The Toon also saw this bid declined by the Championship side.
Fabrizio Romano has stated that Watford are holding out for a total fee of £30,000,000 for João Pedro’s services this summer.
He has also revealed that João Pedro is keen on the move to the North East and to get back to playing Premier League football.
Rob Edwards has already lost forward Emmanuel Dennis to Nottingham Forest this summer and they’re are question marks surrounding the future of winger Ismaïla Sarr as he is subject to Premier League interest.
Watford won’t want to lose all three of their forward line unless the money is right, which suggests the £30,000,000 asking price for João Pedro is slightly inflated.
The 20-year-old has scored just 3 Premier League goals in 31 games for Watford.
Above is a heatmap of João Pedro’s positions he has taken on the pitch so far this season. As you can see, he tends to come deep to receive the ball to link play and get Watford up the pitch.
With João Pedro coming deep into the midfield positions, it allows the wingers, in Watford’s case Sarr and Dennis (before he left for Forest), to get into goal-scoring positions.
As you can see, in comparison to Toon’s current No.9, João Pedro gets more involved in the build-up than Wilson as Wilson is predominantly positioned in the final third of the pitch, allowing him to be the goal poacher he is.
Should the transfer come to fruition, João Pedro certainly gives Eddie Howe a completely different option to what he already has in that central role.
The Brazilian can also be deployed as an inverted left-winger, cutting inside onto his stronger right foot. He has also played in the No.10 role at times this season.
A forward addition is definitely a priority for Eddie Howe and The Magpies’ hierarchy, with the window shutting in just 12 days’ time.
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Eddie Howe eyeing up £6 million striker this summer
Despite Eddie Howe ruling out the club spending extortionate money on mega stars this summer, the club are still scoping out potential players to bring in this window.
With the Magpies having found themselves linked to plenty of players off the back of their superb run in the Premier League this season.
According to Corriere dello Sport, Arkadiusz Milik, who is currently on loan with Juventus from Marseille, is the man Eddie Howe is eyeing up as a potential signing this summer, with 153 career goals, the Poland international prepares to return to France this month.
The 29-year-old has enjoyed a healthy goal-scoring career so far with a number of clubs, having scored 48 with Napoli, 47 with Ajax and 30 with Marseille up until now.
Available at around £6-7 million, it would be a sensible price for a player who will likely serve as back-up at St James’ Park as the club prepare for Champions League football next season in which they need depth in options.
However, Newcastle aren’t the only ones in the running for Milik’s signature. Newly promoted Premier League side Burnley and Serie A giants Lazio are also interested in signing the striker this summer.
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Top 6 Strikers NUFC Could Sign This Summer
£70 million man Alexander Isak signed for the Magpies last summer but another one is calling, and another striker could well be incoming.
With Isak’s injury issues this season and Callum Wilson having his own injury problems, we think a new striker is necessary, if for nothing else, then for cover as with European football on the horizon for Newcastle United, more cup competitions and another push in the league means a lot of football being played and squad depth is going to be key for Eddie Howe.
That’s why we have put together a list of the top 6 strikers Newcastle United could sign this summer.
- Moussa Dembele (Olympique Lyon)
The French striker joined Lyon in 2018 and has gone on to score 56 goals and 11 assists in 128 games for the French giants. With a spell in Spain with Atletico Madrid during the 20/21 season, he is a man that has played a lot of football to a quality standard, however with his contract due to expire in the summer, this could be a transfer that not only ensures a goal scorer through the door, but a fantastic bit of business for the club to not have to pay a penny for him. At only 26, the Frenchman still has a lot of football ahead of him and could play a vital role in Newcastle’s push for success next season.
- Evan Ferguson (Brighton & Hove Albion)
18-year-old Evan Ferguson has burst onto the scene this season with Brighton as is the case for many of their team. The young Irish man is tall, quick, strong, and has a great eye for the goal and with many Premier League teams surely looking in his direction, Eddie Howe would not be wrong for following suit and going in for the striker. Having 3 goals and 2 assists in just 10 appearances in the league is highly impressive especially for the Premier League. Playing and training alongside Isak and Wilson would also benefit the young man tenfold and valued at £9 million, a sensible bid would surely land his signature this summer.
- Randal Kolo Muani (Eintracht Frankfurt)
World Cup runner up and one of the top scorers in the Bundesliga, Randal Kolo Muani is absolutely flying this season playing 25 games and scoring 12 goals and registering 10 assists. Really making a name for himself on the World Cup stage, the 24 year old centre forward can be simply breath-taking to watch when he gets going. Quick feet, effortless dribbling, strong, powerful, and knows how to score, this signing would be incredible for Newcastle United. Valued around £58 million, Newcastle United wont be the only team hoping for his signature, as half the big clubs around Europe will already know about him.
- Ivan Toney (Brentford FC)
Ivan Toney has been one of the best strikers in the Premier League since he arrived, in two seasons in the top flight he has 29 goals and 9 assists in 59 appearances. Receiving his first England call up in March, Ivan Toney is flying and with him having previously played for the club when he was younger, this might be a tempting return for him. Although Brentford are by no means relegation threatened, they aren’t Newcastle United and do not have the facilities or financial safety to not have to sell if they need to. Valued at around £45 million, if Newcastle United could match that, I think he would be a great addition to the club and would bring healthy competition to both Wilson and Isak.
- Boulaye Dia (Salernitana)
On loan from Villareal to Salernitana, Senegalese striker Boulaye Dia has netted 10 goals this season with 4 assists in 25 league appearances. Blistering pace, direct, and a threat in front of goal, he would add something different to Isak or Wilson up front for Newcastle United. With a loan move hoping to reinvigorate him, its clear to see that it has worked and now Villareal may be looking to move him on, with a current market value of £12 million, this could be a very affordable alternative option for Eddie Howe.
- Folarin Balogun (Stade Reims)
21-year-old Folarin Balogun has had a wonderful season in France with Stade Reims netting 17 goals in 28 games in the league this season. A technically gifted player with a great footballing brain, it is obvious to see why he has scored an abundance of goals this season. On loan from Arsenal, he will be desperate to prove himself in the Premier League and with Arsenal seemingly not looking for options up top, with Jesus, Trossard, and Nketiah all fighting for their place, Folarin Balogun could be looking for a new challenge. Eddie Howe should definitely be considering a move for Balogun and valued at £21 million, this is a very exciting prospect that would offer a fresh idea up front for the Magpies.
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Four Memories of Newcastle United in the Champions League
The city of Newcastle is playing host to Europe’s elite competition for the first time in over twenty years.
Most younger fans of the Magpies won’t even remember the last time their team was even in the Europa League, over a decade ago.
Regardless of age, seeing Newcastle United back in the UEFA Champions League is a moment to remember, which got us thinking about the last time Europe’s big boys faced the toon.
We’ve picked four iconic moments from the Magpies’ adventures in the Champions League to look back on and get us excited about the season to come.
Beating Juventus under Tyneside Lights
After a winless streak in the first group stage in 2002, Newcastle hosted Italian champions Juventus at St James’ Park, three weeks after losing 2-0 to the Old Lady in Turin.
Juve had a star-studded team, with the likes of Gianluigi Buffon, Edgar Davids, Pavel Nedved, Alessandro Del Piero and future manager Antonio Conte on their books.
Toon defender Andy Griffin scored the only goal of the game in the second half (one of his only two goals for the club).
This victory rekindled the spirit of his side, which saw them go the rest of the group stage unbeaten and qualify for the second groups.
Bellamy’s Last-Gasp Winner
The final game of the aforementioned group stage, Bobby Robson’s side travelled to Rotterdam to face Feyenoord.
After a goalless first half, the game exploded into life as Newcastle scored twice in four minutes, courtesy of Hugo Viana and Craig Bellamy (more on him later).
Feyenoord pegged it back to 2-2 on the 71st minute after an entertaining second half of football.
But not long after getting put into the referee’s book, Bellamy scored again in injury time to give the Magpies the lead on the night.
The Welshman had some memorable moments in the black and white of Newcastle, but not many come close to being as important.
‘Have You Ever Seen A Mackem…’
The game that inspired the popular song still sung today by Geordie faithful.
Qualifying for the second group stages meant the arrivals of Inter Milan and Barcelona to the mix.
After a 4-1 humiliation at home, it was time for over 11,000 Geordies to travel to the fashion capital.
Main man Alan Shearer scored a brace just before and just after the interval.
But goals from Christian Vieri and Ivan Cordoba respectively meant that the spoils were shared, but it still remains one of the most memorable nights in Newcastle’s recent history.
Saving best until last, arguably the most iconic night St James’ Park has played host to.
Louis Van Gaal’s Catalonians travelled to NE1 for the opening game of the 1997 group stages.
Newcastle’s first proper taste of Europe’s elite was to be a night to remember.
20 minutes gone, Faustino Asprilla converted from the penalty spot.
10 minutes later, he was at it again, giving Newcastle a 2-0 lead at half time in their first Champions League group game.
Four minutes after the restart, Asprilla would complete his hattrick, and doing his now-iconic cartwheel celebration.
Luis Enrique and Luis Figo would pull two late goals back, but they would be too little too late.
Three goals for Asprilla, three points for Newcastle, only 90 minutes of Champions League football played, not a bad way to introduce yourself to the European stage.
It will only be a matter of time until we see perhaps some more memorable moments created by Eddie Howe’s men.
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