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Pedro signing progressing, Howe press conference, more weekend analysis and match cam

by Matt · Published Tue 23 Aug 2022, 22:57
Pedro signing progressing, Howe press conference, more weekend analysis and match cam


João Pedro latest

  • Despite reports that the deal hasn't yet progressed, revered journalist Fabrizio Romano maintains positive position
  • "[Newcastle and Watford] have an agreement in place since yesterday," he tells 'Here We Go Podcast'
  • Sky Sports News and Craig Hope reported earlier in the day that Everton had enquired about the forward
  • The Athletic reported that the player himself is pushing for the Newcastle move
  • Though Eddie Howe stated in his press conference that some reports yesterday may not have been 'entirely accurate,' the general feeling is that the transfer will happen
  • A fan filmed Pedro outside the Watford training ground and the player only chuckled when quizzed on the switch

Other targets

  • Link to Leeds' Jack Harrison has re-emerged, with Newcastle supposedly being quoted £35million for the winger, according to Sky's Peter O'Rourke
  • Portuguese paper O Jogo has returned with another rumour that United will offer £33.7million for Benfica striker Gonçalo Ramos
  • The Eagles progressed into the Champions League proper with another win over Dynamo Kiev tonight; Ramos got an assist
  • Fan site claims that the Magpies will move for Lyon's Lucas Paqueta
  • Graeme Bailey reiterates Chelsea link, referring specifically to Newcastle's interest in American forward Christian Pulisic


  • The Chronicle reported that Manchester United are interested in Allan Saint-Maximin, whilst Craig Hope reports that his camp are seeking to open new contract talks
  • Howe stated in his press conference that he's not interested in selling Saint-Maximin and wishes only to add to the squad
  • Meanwhile, the Guardian claim that Everton want Miguel Almiron, in the wake of news that Anthony Gordon is set to move to Chelsea
  • Whilst Romano confirmed Real Madrid's interest, Martin Samuel produced a piece on the satisfaction of Newcastle swerving their advances interest in Bruno Guimarães:
"So viva Newcastle. Viva Newcastle for being able to tell the elite where to go. And yes, it would be better if the foundation of this new money was more palatable. Yet Newcastle didn't make the rules, either. They didn't wrap football in the protectionist limitations of FFP, so that the only way in was with the greatest wealth.

"And, like City, maybe one day Newcastle will join that club, too. For the moment, though, enjoy the rich calling only to have the door shut in their faces. This is good for football. Anything that annoys the monsters of the Super League must be."

Manchester City match cam

Eddie Howe press conference

Re Callum Wilson injury

Says striker is okay and undertaking the normal process of having scans. Doesn't believe it's serious but states that we need to be very careful with hamstring injuries, so awaiting tests to see how long he will be out for.

Re other injuries

Dan Burn got a concussion and will not feature against Tranmere. Matt Targett was very close to playing against Man City but was adjudged too big a risk. Significant physical output at weekend so changes will be made.

Re transfers

Believed reports of a completed deal for Joao Pedro weren't entirely accurate. Still hopeful of bringing in one or two players who can add quality to the squad. No intention of losing Allan Saint-Maximin. Will wait and see extent of Wilson's injury before considering changing approach to transfers. Understands that there is always going to be lots of rumours.

Re prospect of success

Says he visualises being successful from time-to-time and claims it is one of his dreams to lift a domestic trophy. One of the reasons for educating squad on past successes was to ensure they could visualise writing themselves into Newcastle history. Says Cambridge was a painful reminder of what can happen if you don't play well in cup competitions. The ownership's view is to deliver success and there is no ceiling being put on what we could do.

Re Tranmere possibilities

Elliott Anderson has a chance of playing. Points out that we have penalty takers who practise every day.

Re Man City game

Says he enjoyed watching the game back because of how we performed. Believes that the game was a snapshot of how we want to be, stating that - to become a top team - "we have to play aggressive front-foot football." But admits that we still have to become better in every aspect

Analysis from across the web

Shearer can't get enough of NUFC this season

  • This week, four Newcastle players rightfully go into Big Al's Team of the Week:

To close this busy Tuesday...

  • A bit of Bruno: