Newcastle now in ‘pole position’ to sign Nicolas Pepe

Newcastle United are now in ‘pole position’ to sign Angers forward Nicolas Pepe this summer according to reports in France.

It was claimed in January that Newcastle had a deadline day bid rejected for Pepe, with Hull also believed to have seen an £9.5m offer rejected back by the player – with Pepe said to be keen to help the struggling Ligue 1 side beat the drop (which they successfully achieved, finishing 12th despite being bottom of the league when the initial rumours emerged).

Pepe is 21-years-old and an Ivory Coast International. He is a right-sided winger/forward who has been attracting the interest of several clubs over the past 6 months according to reports. It is believed that Lille, Monaco, Marseille, Watford, Wolfsburg, Hamburg and Lyon have all registered an interest in the highly-sought after winger.

He has just 3 goals and 1 assists this season, starting just 11 games, suggesting he is far from the finishes article, but the report claims Benitez is a big fan of his and re-registered his interest in the player as soon as Newcastle clinched promotion.

One to watch this summer perhaps.

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