By Daniel Feliciano

13th Sep, 2022 | 2:40pm

Leeds United could reignite interest in Watford forward Joao Pedro in January

Leeds could reignite their interest in Brazilian forward Joao Pedro in the January transfer window, according to a report by Leeds Live.

The Whites were linked with a move for the Watford star during the summer window [Tuttomercato, 10 August], but his £30m asking price was enough to see him stay put at Vicarage Road beyond the deadline.

However after failing to sign a first-team forward before the window, instead bringing in Willy Gnonto on deadline day, the club could return for a deal in January as they look to bolster an area of the squad they see as a weakness.

“Addressing their frailties up front will need to be a priority in January, 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,” they said [12 September].

“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.”

Yes please

Pedro is an electric forward capable of playing either as a winger or as a central striker and his profile would be perfect for the Leeds squad.

He’s incredibly quick, strong on the ball, good technically and a good finisher when in on goal too and at just 20-years-old, he has got a very high ceiling of development.

Under Jesse Marsch he would likely become a pressing monster and would give the club a fantastic option in attack, improving their depth and fitting in with the strategy that the club have taken on.

He would be a young talent that the club can buy at a decent price, and if he is able to improve and develop in the way that many expect him to then they would be able to sell him for a higher price in a few years too.

January is likely to be busy at Elland Road, and Leeds will surely be in the market for a striker once again so this will be one to keep an eye on.

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