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

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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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