Newcastle Reported Interested In Ivory Coast International


There’s a report in L’Equipe today that Newcastle are keen on 21 year-old Nicolas Pepe, the forward who plays at Lique 1 Angers in France.

Angers are second bottom of the league at the moment and since the player would cost us around £8M it’s difficult to see a deal being made this month, when Mike Ashley seems to have less money for Rafa to spend than we had all initially thought.

21 year-old Angers forward Nicolas Pepe

But as we mentioned yesterday, Newcastle will be setting up some deals they can then execute this summer and maybe this is one of those.

Pepe is  a player who has been tracked by Graham Carr and we’ve been linked with him in the French press for a couple of months and he could become  a real target this summer.

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

L’Equipe reported earlier this month that Lyon were the favorites to sign him, but that a number of other clubs have also been watching him including Juventus, Lille, Monaco and Roma.

Everton and Liverpool are also reported today to be very interested in the player and could challenge Newcastle for him this month  and/or in the summer.

Pepe is currently with the Ivory Coast squad at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

Pepe is under contract until June 2019 and he joined Angers in 2013 from Poitiers FC; he’s made 19 appearances with 2 goals and one assist for his club this season.

He can play on either wing and has played 27 times in total for Angers after making his debut two years ago in November 2014 against Ajaccio.

Maybe he is one for the summer?

Comments welcome.



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7 comments so far

  • Jib

    Jan 25, 2017 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #1

    L’Equipe must be feeling the pinch on the news front – their newsregurgitaing machine is running at full throttle.

    The Chronic well before Xmas:-

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/newcastle-united-transfers-ivory-coast-12329837

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  • Veltman

    Jan 25, 2017 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #2

    Barrow has pace and hard worker,as pointed out but his final product is below par.Will not be the worst signing if it happens but the priority should have been back up for Shelvey.I will settle with McCarthy and Baba for now,although I don’t want to have either of those.

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  • expatmag

    Jan 25, 2017 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Noone will be signed, not even on loan

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  • TudorCrisps

    Jan 25, 2017 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed

    There is no proof mike Ashley is tightening the purse strings what so ever it’s just speculation.

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  • archaeomag

    Jan 25, 2017 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #5

    @Todor
    well said – it’s a post-truth world here sometimes

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  • archaeomag

    Jan 25, 2017 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #6

    **@Tudor**

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Jan 25, 2017 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #7

    We are being Linked with everyone! But i have a feeling in my water that no one will be coming ? Bought or Loaned !

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