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Newcastle Put In A Decent Bid For A Player We Tried Sign Last January

Newcastle United tried to sign Angers Nicolas Pepe during the January window and when the 22 year-old was not available Newcastle tried to sign him on loan in late January.

But the youngster wanted to stay at Angers and help the club avoid relegation and he was successful in doing that with Angers finishing in a very decent 12th place.

So most players we tried to sign last January we generally expect the club to try to sign this summer and a few weeks ago we were supposed to be very  close to signing this winger who now has 6 caps for the Ivory Coast.

Nicolas was in the Ivory Coast squad for the African Cup of Nations last January in Gabon.

22 year-old Angers winger Nicolas Pepe

But today French daily L’Equipe are reporting that  Newcastle have submitted a €10M (£8.7M) bid for the player.

However Watford – who finished 4th bottom of the Premier League last season and have changed their manager once again – it’s now former Hull City manager Marco Silva –  are also after Pepe and have reportedly bid €13M for him, which is runaround £11.3M – £2.6M more than the Magpies.

The report in L’Equipe is saying the player himself does not think he is ready for the Premier League, but that comes across as a bit like a lack of ambition coming from the player.

When you make a step up in anything in life which is different and new, you are never really ready for it – because you have never done it before.


Pepe could well decide to keep playing in France which he will be ready for after playing at Angers last season and Lyon, Lyon, Lille, and Nice are all interested in signing him.

But two weeks ago he was closely linked with Lille, who were said to be strong favorites to sign the 22 year-old.

If it’s true he doesn’t’ think he’s ready for the Premier League he will not be coming to Newcastle, unless Rafa can persuade him he is ready.

But that’s probably not something Rafa will want to do – the player himself has to think he can make a difference at a new club.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Jun 16, 2017 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #1

    Surely if we were after this lad RAFA will have done his homework. So if the lad himself thinks he is not ready it doesn’t look ideal.

    I suppose on the other hand the lad wants to do things at his pace and has maybe taken advice that he is not ready…

    My god I am doing my own head in…

  • kc2012

    Jun 16, 2017 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Doubt weve even bid for him but if we have, why have we bid less than Watford. Where is the sense in that really. Why dont we just offer them 40p and a pack of Tesco own brand custard creams, about as useful.

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 16, 2017 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #3

    Ancient, you asked if Dalglish had ever won a title? I think he did at Liverpool, albeit with an inherited team, but he definitely won the PL at Blackburn Rovers.
    I was gutted when he got the job here because I don’t like the guy, but gave him my support regardless.
    Kinda surprised you forgot the Blackburn win.

  • ToonRich

    Jun 16, 2017 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Looks like the media expect Barkley to be leaving Everton…with only 12mths left on his contract he’d surely be worth a punt??

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 16, 2017 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #5

    People need to stop believing these links are for real. They’re not. It’s paper talk and agents drumming up business. Chances are we don’t sign them because the truth is Rafa isn’t interested.
    He’s not likely to be shouting about who he wants after all. He didn’t last summer. He just brought them in under the radar mostly.
    Nor will we be competing much this season. We haven’t the money to match those already in the PL, whereas next season we will have.
    Don’t expect too much. You don’t go from Championship to Champions in one season, not with the amount of money sloshing around.
    Be patient. Building to compete takes seasons, not months. This season will be tough on us and no doubt we’ll see plenty meltdowns before it ends. We’re seeing some already. If we finish mid table we’ve done well. Really well.

  • Wandering Geordie

    Jun 16, 2017 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #6

    Bas Dost…Scoring machine..worth a stab


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