Newcastle Linked With This 21 Year-Old In January

There are now only 14 days to go to the new year and what’s important about that is the transfer window opens and Newcastle can then start to bring in some new players to strengthen the side and help with our promotion drive – the only thing that really matters this season.

From our count and list of the players we have been linked with this season there are about 15 players we are supposed to be interested in – and the chances are the players we do bring in have never been mentioned yet.

There was news late last week in L’Equipe that Newcastle were after  21 year-old Angers winger Nicolas Pepe, who has one full cap for the Ivory Coast.

Nicolas Pepe – Newcastle target?

Rafa did hint last week that with Rolando Aarons out for the season with his serious ACL knee injury we may need to bring in a winger, so here’s a possibility, but we know very little about this player.

Nicholas was born in France of Ivory Coast parents and he has elected to play for the Ivory Coast and won his first cap last month in a 0-0 friendly game against France.

L’Equipe report that Lyon are the favorites to sign him, but that a number of other clubs have also been watching him and maybe will bid for him in January.

Nicolas Pepe is under contract until June 2019 and L’Equipe report his club want around €10M initially for him and then maybe more based on how well he does if he signs for Newcastle.

Other clubs said to be interested in  the 21 year-old include Juventus, Lille, Lyon, Monaco and Roma and they have all had scouts watching him recently.

Pepe joined Angers in 2013 from Poitiers FC and has made 17 appearances with 2 goals and one assist for his club this season.

He can play on either wing but has only played 25 times in total for his club with 2 goals and one assist, after making his debut two years ago in November 2014 against Ajaccio.

He would be a risk if we signed him since our track record with players brought in from France is not particularly good.

But it all depends if Rafa really wants him and has seen something in him that can be brought out with his expert coaching.

There’s not long to go now before January and we’d love to see say three good players signed by Rafa and it’s very unlikely any first team player will leave the club next month.

The goal is to strengthen the squad in January and then again in the summer and we should have plenty of money to spend to do that.

Comments welcome.

50 comments so far

  • jayphoto

    Dec 19, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #1

    bit different and unfair to compare him to our usual imports… He’s really strong, quick and athletic! More African in style than French…
    Also… no way we sign him! The price they will want will be high for Newcastle! Too high for him! Lyon want him strongly, and will deal with less money, but with young French players from their fringes, loans etc
    Weirdly, the very best winger in france at the moment is probably Florian Thauvin….

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 19, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #2

    Is Thauvin still our player?


    Dec 19, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #3

    Tbh the reason I think Gayle will be upgraded is because Perez and Mitro will be leaving, we will need a striker to come in and the attitude, refreshingly, now is get the best option we can get….am not sure Gayle wont prove himself after that though

    On this lad that GFFN account seemed to think Lyon had been quoted 10 mill euros plus add ons, doesnt seem that expensive if true?

  • jayphoto

    Dec 19, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #4

    @Ketsbaia – technically yes. But no. Marseille have the option to buy, and they will 100% take the option up, and theres talk they’ve already done that, but the move won’t be finalised until the summer after the loan is complete

  • jayphoto

    Dec 19, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #5

    @wwsbrd – what they quote Lyon, to what they’ll quote Newcastle is very very different though!
    In france, Newcastle are the great suckers that offer huge money for players worth half the amount


    Dec 19, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #6

    A reputation we’ve earned I suppose, maybe Carr can sweet talk someone though u never know

  • martoon

    Dec 19, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #7

    jayphoto @5 – I suspect with Rafa here not any more 🙂

  • AncientC

    Dec 19, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #8

    “In france, Newcastle are the great suckers that offer huge money for players worth half the amount”

    The club made:

    £28 million on Sissoko
    £16 million on Cabaye
    £6.5 million on Debuchy

    Meanwhile, the club got most of its money back on players like Mbiwa, Cabella, and most recently Thauvin.

    Riviere looks to be the biggest waste of money, and for what, £5million, it was a complete punt to begin with.

    Hardly suckers when it comes to buying French players.

  • jayphoto

    Dec 19, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #9

    @Martoon – Can’t see us buying from France for a long time to be honest! Rafas contacts based on his career are far more Spanish based and the club itself seem to look at Belgium and Holland more in recent years for value. Belgian players in particular seem to take well to the top level of English football historically!
    Weirdly, the 2 clubs Newcastle have seemingly looked at have been Anderlecht and Porto. Pretty sure we’ve had a scout at every Anderlecht game this season nearly, aswell as many of the Porto games! On twitter, they clubs usually leak what scouts are attending games and theirs always Newcastle at these 2 teams matches!

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 19, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #10

    Riviere must be useless in training. He had potential. He just couldn’t put it in the net. Should’ve scored two against Man Utd.

  • jayphoto

    Dec 19, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #11

    @Ancient C – it was more based on the wages paid – nufc have a habit of x4 a players salary, 60k per week to marveaux, 40k a week to gouffran, 40k a week to obertan, similar to saivet, lots to cabella, MYM etc
    They may have got their money back, but at the time of transfer Newcastle have a habit of coming in with bids much higher than anyone else will pay.
    If a club in france wants to sell a player, Newcastle is the club they dream to come in for them.

  • martoon

    Dec 19, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #12

    jayphoto @9 – Interesting fact that about the scouts. Hard to believe they need to checkout the same players over and over so it’s probably a lazy way of checking out many players in the Belgian and Portuguese leagues respectively.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Dec 19, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #13

    Doubt we’ll be recruiting any more African players due to ACoN.

    Atsu may not even be signed.

  • AncientC

    Dec 19, 2016 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #14

    jayphoto, there has certainly been players who have been a waste of high wages, but according to the swiss ramble, the club had the 17th highest wage bill in the PL, the season before going down.

    Trying to cut corners has ultimately cost the club.

  • jayphoto

    Dec 19, 2016 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #15

    @Ancient – yeah it really hasn’t helped the club!
    My point wasn’t that Newcastle were bad at signing French players though, or that they don’t make a profit, it was that they have a tendency to pay a fair bit more than anyone else will for players, hence why Pepe will probably end up at Lyon for less than he would cost Newcastle. The smaller teams see Newcastle and have pound signs in their eyes.

  • anthc

    Dec 19, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Don’t know if I’d sign atsu personally, he’s very lightweight. Behrahino anyone? Knock down price by tribunal, can score in the premier and quick possibly faster than gayle. I know he has issues at wba but I think the club have spat their dummies out. I’ve no doubt rafa could sort him out.

  • jayphoto

    Dec 19, 2016 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #17

    @marttoon – guess it’d make sense to scout players up against the best opposition they’ll come up against all season!
    Clubs will often watch a player over 15-20 games if the transfer outlay is high though
    Remember reading Man Utd had watched Renato Sanches over 50 times trying to decide if he was good enough before Bayern Munich watched him for 1 game to judge him before buying
    similarly Arsenal watched every game Ronaldo played at Lison and said he wasn’t worth 12m and Man Utd bought him after one preseason friendly against him and he wasn’t even on their radar…

  • lesh

    Dec 19, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #18


    Price too high for the Club at £10m? You’re forgetting that Rafa’s in charge of transfers, it’s his call on whether £10m’s too much. Surely the days of the buy ’em cheap and sell ’em high mantra have gone and we’re now looking to recruit for the sake of the squad’s needs – not profit from sales.

    However, whilst Rafa does hold sway over player comings and goings, he will be expected to operate within a budget he’s signed up to. There could though be exceptional circumstances where he’d need to seek agreement to release funds – maybe if Messi wanted to join us for £30m!

  • Jib

    Dec 19, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #19

    Although Juventus and Roma fancy Nicolas Pepe – NUFC would appear to be in the box seat to sign the Ivorian Angers player.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 19, 2016 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #20

    Barkley might be available for £30m, worth a punt imo.

  • nufc786

    Dec 19, 2016 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #21

    What about taking a punt on Edin Dzeko next season?

    I’d like to see us buy Scott Hogan from Brentford

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 19, 2016 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #22

    Shelvey’s having his hearing today apparently – from sky sports news.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 19, 2016 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #23

    Worth a Punt
    What I have seen of opposition players this season –
    I would make a bid for Wigan’s, Yanik Wildschut –

    Took Anita to the cleaners midweek and was MOM on Saturday scoring 2 against Ipswich and also led Huddersfield defence a merry dance the other week.
    Jib filled me in with his credentials and what the Boro’s Karanka said about him will make a great payer under the guidance of a good manager

    should be able to get him at a canny price – cost Wigan £1 million

  • U.S Magpie

    Dec 19, 2016 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #24

    Once again a dumb move, why do we keep on if true keep on going for African cup of nation bound players. This is something that has always hurt Newcastle in the January period. We need to stop this trend and start looking for players that we will not lose for 2 – 4 weeks in January. I don’t really care how good this kid may be, its not worth it losing another signing in January.

  • Jib

    Dec 19, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #25

    David Wagner to leave Huddersfield to manage Wolfsburg this week.

  • Bambams

    Dec 19, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #26

    I am not 100% convinced we will sign Atsu, he is decent and has done a job for us. Puts him in a better position for other clubs to come in for him, I think it will all have to do with what the agreed price is.
    Rafa won’t say one way or the other which is the correct thing to do, keeps Atsu on his toes.
    Rafa has a huge dossier of players, now we are 9 points ahead of 3rd we will be a good club for players wanting to play in the PL under Rafa
    It’s looking quite good for a bit longer yet.


  • Ron Knee

    Dec 19, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #27

    Sky reporting hearing could stretch into Tuesday.

  • firebug666

    Dec 19, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #28

    Paul Tierney will be the referee when Newcastle United entertain Sheffield Wednesday on Boxing Day (kick-off 7.45pm).
    It will be the second time he’s taken charge of a fixture involving the Magpies this season; he was the man in the middle when United won 2-0 at Barnsley in October.
    He was also the referee when Newcastle were beaten 3-1 at home by Bournemouth last season in what turned out to be Steve McClaren’s final game as head coach.
    He has refereed 15 games in all competitions this term, showing 57 yellow cards and two red.
    On Tuesday, he will be assisted by Richard West and Scott Ledger. Tony Harrington will be the fourth official.

  • Jib

    Dec 19, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #29

    Anybody else think it’s a bit naughty of the FA to have the hearing on Wolves home turf in Birmingham ?

  • firebug666

    Dec 19, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #30


    A very good point, I always thought that all hearings were held in London.

  • hibbit

    Dec 19, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #32

    any news on when we can expect a verdict ???

  • Jib

    Dec 19, 2016 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #33

    Tommoz apparently

  • Jib

    Dec 19, 2016 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #34

    or the morra if you preferr

  • Jib

    Dec 19, 2016 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #35


  • Jib

    Dec 19, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #36

    It must be the cheap cider kicking in

  • Jib

    Dec 19, 2016 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #38

    I actually got some Hobgoblin for Crimbo and it has a really nice sweet nutty taste.

  • Jib

    Dec 19, 2016 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #39

    I reckon we’ll loan Arma to Forest just to wind them up

  • ShirebrookToon

    Dec 19, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #40

    Can anyone tell me why I can’t buy tickets for Forest game on NUFC site. Is it down or something?


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