Ivory Coast Winger Could Be Imminent Signing For Newcastle

French newspaper L’Equipe are reporting that Newcastle United are close to signing one target we had in the January transfer window – 21 year-old Angers forward Nicolas Pepe.

In fact it was L’Equipe who reported the player turned down a move to Newcastle on the very last day of the January transfer window, so it’s hardly a surprise we are still after the youngster.

Nicholas Pepe – Angers forward – close to signing for Newcastle

The reason he wanted to stay in France was to help Angers in their fight against relegation and he was successful in doing that – with Angers finishing in 12th place with 43 points.

It also seems that Pepe is a Graham Carr scouted player and according to L’Equipe we are in the driver’s seat to sign this player and it wouldn’t surprise us if the deal has already been agreed, since we were keen on him in January.

Nicolas was born in France and was at the African Cup of Nations in Gabon in January representing the Ivory Coast and he has one full cap he picked up last November in a 0-0 friendly against France.

Pepe is under contract at Angers until June 2019 and he joined them back in 2013 from Poitiers FC.

He can play on either wing and has played 47 times in total for his French club with 3 goals and 2 assists after making his debut over two years ago in November 2014 against Ajaccio.

Nicholas should be a good signing for us.

Comments welcome.

31 comments so far

  • Offkey

    May 23, 2017 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #1

    Amazing stats

  • Shot Bru

    May 23, 2017 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #2

    C’mon offkey

    100% of stats are 110% inaccurate for sure 😉

  • jezza442

    May 23, 2017 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #3

    there’s lies dam lies statistics and you tube.

  • LewSpi v2.0

    May 23, 2017 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #4

    Ionut Radu – tuttomercatoweb
    Jordan Pickford – The Sun
    Tom Heaton – The Sun
    Orestis Karnezis – Tuttoudinese

    Callum chambers – The Mirror
    Harry Maguire – The Chronicle
    Kevin Malcuit – France Football
    Gregory Van Der Wiel – HITC
    Ryan Shawcross – The Independent
    Carl Jenkinson – The Chronicle
    Josef Yarney – HITC
    Ben Gibson – The Guardian
    Davide Santon – Tuttomercatoweb
    Jozo Simunovic – The Daily Mail
    Luca Caldirola – Sky Sports
    Mikael Nade – France Football
    Kieran Tierney – The Daily Star
    Brian Oviedo – Diez (HITC)
    Abdul Baba Rahman – The Mirror
    Eliaquim Mangala – The Daily Mail
    Peter Ankersen – InsideFutbol
    Ruben Semedo – A Bola
    Wes Morgan – The Sun on Sunday
    Nathan Ake – The Chronicle
    Kieran Gibbs – The Sun on Sunday
    Phil Barnsley – The Daily Mail
    Efe Ambrose – The Scottish Sun
    Andrew Robertson – Graeme Bailey

    Gylfi Sigurdsson – The Sun
    William carvalho – A Bola
    Sam Clucas – The Guardian
    Fabian Delph – The Guardian
    Aaron Ramsey – HITC
    Jean Michael Seri – HITC
    James McCarthy – Telegraph
    Tom Cairney – Telegraph
    Oghenekaro Etebo – OwnGoalNigeria (HITC)
    Yaya Toure – The Sun
    Fernando – The Daily Mail
    Gabriel Pires – Marca
    Ruben Loftus-Cheek – The Chronicle
    Ryan Boudedouz – Talksport
    Aaron Mooy – SBS The World Game
    Mehdi Abeid – L’Equipe

    Marcus Coco – Sun on Sunday
    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Croydon Advertiser
    Bright Osayi-Samuel – HITC
    Frank Acheampong – HITC
    Moussa Sissoko – CalcioMercato
    Jay Rodriguez – The Chronicle
    Christian Atsu – Sky Sports
    Tom Ince – The Mirror
    Oghenekaro Etebo – A Bola
    Nicolas Pepe – L’Equipe

    Willian Jose – Daily Star
    George Thomas – The Independent
    Andre Gray – The Chronicle
    Jamie Vardy – Ladbrokes News
    Jermaine Defoe – The Sun
    Tammy Abraham – Ladbrokes News
    Jay Rodriguez – Daily Mail
    Daniel Sturridge – The Guardian
    Jonathan Walters – The Telegraph
    Sandro Ramirez – SPORT
    Kasper Dollberg – HITC
    Arnel Jakupovic – The Daily Star
    Chris Wood – Yorkshire Evening Post
    Josh King – Northern Echo
    Mattia Destro – Football Italia
    Kelechi Ihenacho – The Chronicle
    Henry Onyekuru – Le Soir
    Ashley Barnes – ESPN
    Michy Batshuayi – HLN

  • Offkey

    May 23, 2017 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #5

    A goal every 15.5 games and an assist every 23.5. Ready to set the prem alight me thinks

  • Shot Bru

    May 23, 2017 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #6

    Far Out Lewspi, even Mehdi Abeid gets a shout.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 23, 2017 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #7

    We will need to take a risk on a few young players from abroad but I think the environment that Rafa has setup will make it easier for players to thrive ,having a British core can help with this transition as I imagine the likes of Richie Hayden and Lascalles will take people under their wing!

    Wonder if Lazaar will stay this season even to get a game as a winger ? Looked really composed on the ball and now that we will be playing football this season with better protection from the refs he may get a look in

  • Klatoon

    May 23, 2017 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #8

    Watch alot of Ligue here and Abeid has definitely caught the eye. A very tigerish approach defensively with impressive forward momentum. I doubt we would bring him back but our midfield is definitely crying out for his kind, to cover every blade of grass a la Ngolo Kante.

  • The Newcastle Armchair

    May 23, 2017 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #9


    That’s a big shopping list, not reckon it’s cheaper to shop at Tesco?

  • The Newcastle Armchair

    May 23, 2017 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #10

    Feels like Ketsbaia is back the crack smoker

  • Klatoon

    May 23, 2017 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #11

    Just remember the impact Tiote had during our comeback season? Took alot of teams offguard with his tenacity and workrate. We need that next season

  • catchy in norway

    May 23, 2017 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #12


    i don’t agree, tommy is one guy, and i have seen many of his videos, but not that one.
    watch videos by dr bill warner
    mona walters from sweden
    Ayaan Hersi Ali
    dr peter hammond has a good book which lays out all the numbers and it’s scary

    my point is that most muslims do not integrateand have no wish to, there religion is getting bigger, and so are the attacks,

    and no it’s not just the people moving to the uk, now many are home grown, and the one common factor is Islam.

    our government spends billions tracking them, knows most of them and yet very little is done,

    think how those connected to those victims last night, when they will hear it was a lone wolf, with mental issues. it is a fact he had mental issues, but he is not a lone wolf.

  • barkel

    May 23, 2017 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #13

    FFS leave it off. The point is this is a footy blog and nothing else. Keep your religious/political views off this particular blog. You may have a valid point, it might be total b*ll*cks but here is not the place for it. Get over to the comments section on the daily mail for that sort of nonsense

  • catchy in norway

    May 23, 2017 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #14


    don’t read or reply


    i’m simply replying to someone who replied to me.

    or i know what let’s talk about the endless list of players who will not come as if there our players , and how they would link up with this player or that one,


    May 23, 2017 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #15

    Jesus man its a blog about NUFC not somewhere to push anti Islam rhetoric, there are plenty dark places on the internet to post such shite go there

  • barkel

    May 23, 2017 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #16

    Just a little reminder to everyone …

    Here is what’s already on the blog relating to the comments:

    “The purpose of the comments is simply to allow Newcastle supporters around the world to express their views on the news of the day regarding Newcastle United.”

    “Please respect the views of others, even when those views are completely opposite to what you think and believe.”

    “And please keep the language respectable, as we are proud to have young supporters reading this blog, and finally there’s no place for religion or politics in these discussions.”

  • jayphoto

    May 23, 2017 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #17

    agree with Barkel/ WWSBRD – we’ve got enough to discuss, what with whether Ben Arfa was any good and if we should resign Andy Carroll… football is meant to bring together all races/relgions etc, its why its amazing.. politics and religion in the modern day only serve to divide! Never thought I’d say this but I’d rather read Ket’s shopping lists than get into a political debate here. Plenty of places online that will jump at the chance to agree or disagree with that kind of rhetoric


    May 23, 2017 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #18

    Its been suggested Benny boy may be an option to come back…so seems fitting to bring up how crap/great he was for us

  • barkel

    May 23, 2017 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #19

    Get him signed up! Great no.10 every few games. The rotations could work out perfectly with his inconsistencies

  • martoon

    May 23, 2017 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #20

    Back on topic I know stats are not everything but you would expect a winger with 47 appearances to have more than 2 assists. Granted some may have been coming on as a sub for the last few minutes but even so 2 assists!!!! I’m pretty sure off the top of my head that Atsu’s assists and goals will be better than that.

  • Ron Knee

    May 23, 2017 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #21

    RIP Roger Moore

  • expatmag

    May 23, 2017 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #22

    Ron knee

    Who did he play for?


    May 23, 2017 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #23

    Tbf to Pepe hes been mainly a sub in a pretty poor team, hes been linked to some big names though and at the price being quoted he sounds like a pretty good option to replace Gouffran/Rivi

  • G

    May 23, 2017 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #24

    @21, indeed. RIP Rodge. The first bond movie I saw in the cinema was him in ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’. Quite fittingly I watched this on TV on Sunday.

  • expatmag

    May 23, 2017 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #25


    I think this is a non story about Pepe.

    If we wanted him so much, why have we signed Atsu then?

  • jayphoto

    May 23, 2017 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #26

    @wwsbrd 0 a good choice to replace Riviere as our resident ligue1 waste contributing no goals and no assists? 😉


    May 23, 2017 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #27

    Because Rafa wants 2 for every spot and if we hadnt signed Atsu we’d have Ritchie

    Hey didnt wor Rivi get a goal…accidentally I admit but still to his name. Nar but Pepe isnt the finished article like Rivi was meant to be

  • jayphoto

    May 23, 2017 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #28

    @wwsbrd- im kidding.. never seen Pepe play if im honest… saw riviere at st ettiene, Toulouse etc and thought he looked like bleedin Thierry henry cutting in from the left with pace and power though so im probably not cut out for scouting anyway..
    Still think Saivet could be useful though, and De Jong.. as squad players mind

  • martoon

    May 23, 2017 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #29

    Ron Knee @21 – RIP – most think of him as James Bond but I’m old enough to remember him as Simon Templar in the Saint – I loved that.

  • Toon from South Africa

    May 23, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #30

    Catchy in Norway you are completely and utterly narrow minded,further more toon supporter’s through out the world come onto this blog to read about NEWCASTLE UNITED..have some respect man!!!!…..Regarding our squad..sell Selz , Hanley and reinvest that funds in a left back..loan woodman out..loan in mangala and fernando..that will mean our goalkeepers for the season are Krul,darlow and elliot..right back we will have yedlin and anita..centre backs will be our captain,Clark,mbemba,mangala…left back will be dummet and the new starting lb…hayden and fernando as our holding midfielders..invest our budget in (young quality players) a starting left winger,centre foward ,number 10 and box to box midfielder..so our strike will be(gayle,mitro,?)..number 10(de jong,?)..right wing(richie)..left wing(?,aarons)..get in 2 more loans to cover our left wing and right wing..we still have perez who can fit in anywhere upfont..I would also try to sell colback and diame and get another box to box midfielder who is also capable of been a deep playmaker..so that shelvey has competition..this will not require an huge budget but we will have a balanced squad and a world class manager in our first season back


    May 23, 2017 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #31

    Ive not seen much of him tbh think I watched him play one or two games in Jan looked alright fast and with a few tricks…Obertan-y u could say but thats no bad thing…seems to be a long standing interest though bit like that Haller bloke who sacked us off for Germany might be nonsense obviously but might be a find

    Haha aye Rivi was meant to replace Remy wasnt he? That went well. I dont rate Saviet though no point in keeping him imo McClaren never wanted him, Rafa didnt even look at him and he was quickly away on loan if we can get rid then happy days

    As for Siem its all about fitness imo


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