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.