Report: Leeds could launch January approach for 'incredible' forward likened to Firmino
Leeds United were linked with Watford’s Joao Pedro during the summer transfer window.
In mid-August, Tuttomercatoweb claimed that the Whites were one step away from signing the Brazilian on loan.
However, links between Leeds and Pedro soon fizzled out, and the player stayed put at Vicarage Road.
The Elland Road outfit, meanwhile, ended up signing Wilfried Gnonto late on transfer deadline day.
While the 18-year-old is a very talented prospect, he’ll likely need some time to get up to speed in the Premier League.
Leeds Live has now speculated that the Whites could revisit a number of transfers in January.
And they suggested that the Leeds front line could do with bolstering further.
‘Addressing their frailties up front will need to be a priority in January,’ they wrote.
‘Even if Rodrigo returns to fitness, Bamford hits a purple patch and the club are able to fast track Wilfried Gnonto into the first team.
‘It’s been one of the weak points of the squad since their promotion and they could ignite an interest in Watford striker Joao Pedro.
‘Newcastle United were strongly linked with the Brazilian, with Marsch reportedly keen.’
Joao Pedro factfile
Pedro joined Watford from Fluminense in 2019 and has made 78 appearances, including 31 in the Premier League.
He has 15 goals and five assists for the Hornets, including two goals and two assists this term.
Rob Edwards described his performance in their season-opener against Sheffield United as “incredible“.
Pedro has his whols career ahead of him, is getting better with each passing season, and his ceiling is very high.
Leeds would be getting themselves a top talent in Pedro, but they’ll likely have strong competition for his services.