We had reported yesterday that Newcastle had put in a decent bid of €10M (£8.7M) bid for Anger forward Nicolas Pepe, but that Watford were also after Pepe and had reportedly bid €13M for him, which is runaround £11.3M – £2.6M more than the Magpies reportedly offered.
This is the player we tried to sign in January and then when we couldn’t do that deal, we tried to get him in on loan but he still didn’t want to come.
It now seems he has no intention of moving to England and he wants to stay in the French league where a number of clubs are after his services.
22 year-old Nicolas Pepe – want to stay and play in France
So be it
But Angers will not get what the two English clubs are offering for him and the latest news from French Daily L’Equipe is that Lille are now willing to pay €8M for him and that’s around £7M which is almost £2M less than Newcastle are offering and close to £3.5M less than Hull are offering.
French daily L’Equipe are reporting that Lille are now prepared to offer another €4M in bonus payments to Angers based on the number of performances he makes at Lille – so that may soften the blow a little bit.
It’s not known if Newcastle’s or Watford’s offers included bonus payments too.
Pepe has already agreed terms with Lille and all that needs to be done is get Angers to agree to a fee for the player.
We suppose it’s still possible for Newcastle to do the deal since Angers are still talking with the Tyneside club, but that looks very dubious now given that Pepe’s preference is to stay in the French League.
We may soon have to write Pepe off as another one of our initial targets who didn’t arrive at Newcastle this summer, but if he doesn’t want to come.
So be it.
But we still have many other targets to go after and there’s still lots of time left in this summer’s transfer window and we only want players who want to come to the club and join the Rafa revolution in any case.
Note: Emma Daubney and her daughter Tiegan are taking part in the Race for Life for Cancer Research UK on 1st July 17th at Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire.
All donations go to Cancer Research UK.
Emma’s partner Danny lost a work colleague a couple of years ago to cancer and to had to watch the effects chemotherapy had on his body and it was heart wrenching to him as his friend had terminal cancer, but doggedly kept coming to work and plodding along.
Sadly he died in hospital and Emma’s auntie also had breast cancer but luckily came through it and was giving the all clear in the end.
So the two ladies are doing a great thing in raising funds to fight this disease and there are new treatments being developed all the time.
See if you can donate and help them reach their goals – Here’s the donation page