Newcastle were linked with 21 year-old Angers winger Nicolas Pepe during the January transfer window and there’s news in France the player turned down a last minute move to Newcastle late in the transfer window.
L’Equipe has claimed that Pepe turned down the move to Tyneside on the very last day of the window, but it would be a surprise if Newcastle bid for the player.
Mike Ashley was unwilling to fund a move for Rafa’s two big targets – Andros Townsend and James McCarthy – so why would we bid maybe £9M for the Ivory Coast International?
Nicolas Pepe – a Newcastle target in the summer?
The news is that Nicolas was keen to stay in France to help Angers in their fight against relegation.
But Nicolas could still be a target in the summer although other Premier League clubs Watford and Hull were also interested in the player last month.
If Newcastle are promoted, Rafa will again overhaul the Newcastle squad in an attempt to have Newcastle ready to compete in the top half of the Premier League next season.
We also expect owner Mike Ashley to make some big money available to the manager in the summer.
It seems that Pepe is a Graham Carr scouted player and we’ll just have to wait and see what level of influence Carr will have at Newcastle, with disturbing reports that Ashley wants him to have more say in who comes into the club.
Nicolas was at the African Cup of Nations in Gabon last month and this season he has played 21 times with 3 goals for Angers, who are struggling against relegation after being promoted to Ligue 1 two years ago.
Pepe is under contract at Angers until June 2019 and he joined them in 2013 from Poitiers FC.
He can play on either wing and has played 29 times in total for his French club after making his debut two years ago in November 2014 against Ajaccio.
He could very well be a Newcastle target in the summer.