Lyon are reported to be in the lead to sign 21 year-old Angers winger Nicolas Pepe, who is also reported to be a target for Newcastle United in the January transfer window.
The report is in French newspaper Le Progres, which is based in Lyon – and it was L’Equipe a couple of weeks which reported that Newcastle were in the lead to sign the youngster.
At the time of the L’Equipe report the other big clubs said to be interested in Nicholas were Juventus, Lille, Monaco, Roma and Lyon.
21 year-old Angers winger Nicolas Pepe
So if we are to believe the report then Lyon are likely to sign the youngster next month for around €10M – which is around £8.5M using todays exchange rate.
It is known that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez wants to bring in another winger next month, with Rolando Aarons injured in mid-November and out until near the end of the season.
That’s what the Chronicle are reporting today so that’s some good news for Rolando who was unlucky to suffer a cruciate ligament injury in training.
On-loan Chelsea winger Christian Atsu is off to the African Cup of Nations to play for Ghana early next month and could be missing for around five weeks.
It could be that Rafa wants to bring in proven Premier League players next month, who can make an immediate impact at Newcastle and help us get promoted.
That’s job one this season so that could count against Pepe, although he could still be brought in as one for the future.
Nicholas was born in France of Ivory Coast parents and he has elected to play for the Ivory Coast, winning his first cap last month in a 0-0 friendly game against France.
He is under contract until June 2019 and joined Angers in 2013 from Poitiers FC and he’s made 19 appearances with 2 goals and one assist for his club this season.
He can play on either wing but has only played 27 times in total for his club with 2 goals and one assist, so he could be a risk – at least if Rafa wants players signed who can make an immediate impact next month.
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