Newcastle United and Everton dealt blow as transfer target pens long-term deal

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The forward will continue to lead his side’s push for promotion this season.

Newcastle United’s hopes of rekindling their interest in Watford star Joao Pedro have been dealt a blow after the forward signed a new long-term contract at Vicarage Road.

The Brazilian youngster was reportedly the subject of a number of unsuccessful bids from the Magpies during the final fortnight of the summer transfer window.

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United swiftly turned their attentions towards their record capture of Real Sociedad and Sweden striker Alexander Isak, who has went on to score two goals in his opening three games for the club.

But there has been talk Newcastle could made a further attempt to add Pedro to their squad in January after he made an impressive to start to the Championship season.

Speaking earlier this month about speculation surrounding the youngster, Hornets manager Rob Edwards told the club website: “I thought he was excellent but we’ve never been able to question his commitment in any of these games.

“With all the speculation, he’s never once come in and sulked or moaned and it’s the same for Isma. They’ve been brilliant through a really difficult period for them.

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“They’re young men and they performed brilliantly tonight again for this football club and it’s been a big part of us getting the three points.”

Edwards will now get the opportunity to work with Pedro over a long-term after he put pen-to-paper on a new deal committing him to the club until the summer of 2028.

A statement posted on the Watford website confirmed the agreement.

It read: “Amidst the rumours the Watford No.10 further endeared himself to the Vicarage Road faithful with a string of exemplary performances in the Sky Bet Championship, earning him the club’s August Player of the Month award with a 51 per cent share of the fans’ vote.

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“As it stands João Pedro currently has two goals and two assists to show from nine appearances during the ongoing 2022/23 campaign, and he will be hungry to make many more memories in this and future seasons now that he has put pen-to-paper on a new deal.”

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