L’Equipe are reporting in France today that Newcastle are after 21 year-old Angers winger Nicolas Pepe, who has one full cap for the Ivory Coast.
Who would have believed Newcastle are after another French winger – or at least one born in France with Nicholas’ parents being of Ivory Coast descent.
Nicholas has elected to play for the Ivory Coast and won his first cap last month in a 0-0 friendly game against France.
Nicholas Pepe – 21 year-old French-born winger
There are other clubs other than Newcastle said to be interested in signing the forward and they include Juventus, Lille, Monaco and Roma and they have all had scouts watching the player recently.
Pepe joined Angers in 2013 from Poitiers FC and this season he has made 17 appearances with 2 goals and one assist.
The player who can play on either wing and has played 25 times in total for his club with 2 goals and one assist after making his debut in November 2014 against Ajaccio.
Newcastle have been listed as being interested in at least 14 players in the January transfer window – but whether any of them are ones Rafa Benitez will actually sign next month is anybody’s guess.