Newcastle United are reported to be favourites to sign Nicolas Pepe this summer.

The midfielder/attacker is said to be going to consider his options after the weekend.

Saturday night sees the French Cup Final, when Pepe and unfancied Angers take on PSG.

L’Equipe are reporting that Newcastle are in ‘pole position’ to win the Ivory Coast international’s signature.

Earlier this year it was claimed that Newcastle had a deadline day bid turned down for Nicolas Pepe, with Hull also said to have seen an 11m euros (approx £9.5m) bid knocked back by the player.

At the time Angers were third bottom of Ligue 1 and Pepe allegedly wanted to stay and help the team avoid relegation before considering a move.

Moving on, the player has helped his team finish a respectable 12th of 20, as well as qualifying for that cup final, and L’Equipe say that when he agreed to stay in January, Nicolas Pepe was told the club wouldn’t stand in the way of a move this summer.

Only 21, the midfielder/forward has appeared in 33 of the 38 Angers Ligue 1 games this season but only 11 have been as a starter, suggesting he isn’t the finished article just yet.

With only three goals and one assist in this league season just ended, he is more known for his hard work than scoring lots of goals.

The 21 year old winger broke into the Ivory Coast senior set-up and went to the African Cup of Nations in January, though he was an unused substitute in all three games as they crashed out at the group stage.

The French media reports claim that Rafa Benitez is a fan of the player and has been to watch him play in person, with claims that once Newcastle won promotion, the United boss was quick to register NUFC’s interest in the player once again.

Amongst the other clubs credited with interest in Nicolas Pepe are Lille, Marseille, Watford, Wolfsburg, Hamburg and Lyon.

With the way the transfer market is set to be this summer, it looks more than likely that Rafa Benitez will have to include at least a couple of inexperienced/promising players amongst his signings, whether Newcastle will be returning to shop in France remains to be seen.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    these sort of signings have Carr written all over them, plus they all fall into Fatso`s previous buying policy, maybe the Fat [email protected]@ka has me paranoid

    • Tim Boddy

      No, you’re not paranoid. We’ve been here before.

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      Until he turns out to be a superstar, then it will be great work from Rafa.

  • NUFCDan

    If we want a promising French winger why not recall Thauvin? He’s had a good season in Ligue 1.

    • Polarboy

      Because he doesn’t want to live in England. He’s got a very attractive French girlfriend he has to keep happy, and living in Newcastle isn’t going to help. Her loss obviously, Newcastle is a great city.

      • NUFCDan

        Used being homesick as a convenient excuse to get out of the club on loan? I’m sure coming back to a freshly promoted Newcastle with Rafa in charge would be a very different prospect to the first 6 months of amateurish chaos he was here or playing in the Championship. However he may have already signed for OM.

        • Polarboy

          Well you can assume he and the club was lying, but with no proof I’m going to take what was said at the time at face value. Not that I think he’ll have been all that impressed with McClaren of course.

          • Soldier

            he did indeed say he didn`t want to come to England but the club forced his hand as they were skint

          • Polarboy

            That certainly seemed to be the case even at the time of the transfer.

    • MYOFB

      The loan deal stipulated that Marseille have the option to sign Thuavin permanently this summer. They confirmed in November that they’d be doing this. So he’s not Newcastle’s player any more

  • Viru leckworth

    I would stay away from potential AFN players. This cup seriously disrupts a season.

  • Burt Humperdink

    I wonder if they would take Revere or Saivet to reduce fee by a few quid and a twix.

  • Tim Boddy

    Another untried and untested French player for the Prem? I love France. My missus is French. Love the place and the people. These transfers from France just haven’t worked out, in general. Are we incapable of learning a lesson?

    • HarryHype59

      It would appear so!

    • steve

      We made 60 million pounds profit from Cabaye, Sissoko and Debuchy and minimal losses from the rest. As far as the club are concerned that’s a success.

      • Andy Mac

        “Minimal losses” include Marv, Riviere, MYM, Saivet, Cabella and Thauvin’s wages while they were here and part while on loan ? I’d also like to know how much we lost on all those although admittedly Saivet hasnt gone yet ?

        • steve

          Compared to the 60 million? A drop in the ocean.

  • Soldier

    funny that, the chron is reporting that Rafa was furious when it was rumoured we bid for him in January. it seems all is still not in sync at the toon

  • Geordiegiants

    BS, we don’t want these sort of players anymore!

    • Damon Horner

      we can’t be put off by players because they fit a possible profile, on that basis we’d be giving hell at the prospect at the possibility of signing N’Golo Kante and he hasn’t done too badly in his two seasons.

  • Toon Army AZ

    Back to Carr buying for sell-on value again??? I thought Rafa was in charge and will be provided with funds?