Tottenham face competition for Pedro Neto as Newcastle enter transfer race

Tottenham Hotspur face further competition for Wolverhampton Wanderers ace Pedro Neto as Newcastle United enter transfer race.

The Daily Mail reports that the Magpies are still scouring the market for a sporting director to replace Manchester United-bound Dan Ashworth, but they are already plotting a summer swoop for Neto.

Tottenham are one of several Premier League clubs that have been linked with a move for the Wolves ace, but reports suggest Arsenal are also in the mix for the 23-year-old.

The Gunners have a long-standing interest in the Portuguese winger, but his recurring injury problems have scuppered plans of luring him to the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal’s reluctance has opened the door for Tottenham to swoop in, and the forward has been in relentless form this season, bagging three goals and 11 assists in 22 games across all competitions.

It has been widely reported that Wolves will demand a staggering £80 million for their prized asset this summer, but the Daily Mail claims an offer of around £60m could be enough to get a deal over the line.

Neto’s versatility means he can seamlessly slot in on either side of an attacking three and is also adept at featuring as a false nine.

While Tottenham are considered serious contenders for the winger, they could be drawn into a three-way bidding war for the exciting forward.

Why Tottenham should look elsewhere

While the Portuguese speedster boasts undeniable talent, a quick peek at his medical history should give Tottenham fans pause for concern.

Neto’s past two seasons have been riddled with frustrating injuries. An ankle issue last season and a recent knee problem have kept him out for a combined 79 games. 

This season alone, he’s already spent a significant part of the campaign confined to the treatment room, missing 58 days and nine crucial fixtures.

There’s no denying Neto is experiencing a career-best season under Wolves boss Gary O’Neil. His pace, skill, and eye for goal have been instrumental in the team’s resurgence. 

However, spending a significant amount on a player with such a concerning injury record wouldn’t be the smartest business transaction for a club aiming to challenge for trophies.