Nicolas Pepe would reportedly be open to a move from Arsenal to Newcastle this summer.
That’s according to Give Me Sport’s Dean Jones, who believes the 27-year-old would be more receptive to an approach from Newcastle compared to other midtable clubs.
Eddie Howe is still searching for a right winger, and Arsenal may have presented him with a solution. It was recently reported by 90min that Pepe had been offered to the Magpies.
Whether Newcastle take up that offer remains to be seen, but Jones thinks a move could be a goer if Dan Ashworth decides to make a move.
Why Pepe would be open to joining Newcastle
Give Me Sport have spoke to Jones about the Pepe situation, and he believes multiple midtable Premier League clubs are interested in him. However, he has explained why only a move to Newcastle would appeal.
“I think that midtable clubs are interested in him, but I don’t think he’s interested in playing at that level of the Premier League,” he said.
“Although Newcastle would interest him because they’re going to challenge for the top six.”
Pepe to Newcastle would be a surprise
First things first, are we going to challenge for the top six? I feel like people are getting a little head of themselves.
Sure, it would be amazing to challenge for Europe, and our form this year suggests we can. However, there’s no guarantee we will.
It’s going to be incredibly tough to challenge for the top six. We’ve already got the established ‘big six’, then there’s West Ham and Leicester, and an Aston Villa side who have invested heavily. On top of that, there are various other teams capable of challenging.
Unless Newcastle make some big signings in the coming weeks, it would be a real surprise to see us crack the top six so soon. It’s not beyond the realms of possibility, but baby steps are required. Just finishing in the top half would be nice.
Secondly, a move for Pepe would be a real shock. He’s never hit the heights at Arsenal since his £72million move. The Ivory Coast international was even compared to Joelinton at one point, back when he wasn’t the star he is today.
He’s very talented, and Howe does have a reputation of making players better, but it would be a surprise to see him move to St James’ Park. We’ve been linked with better options who would be a better fit for our squad.
Pepe might be keen because of our top six aspirations, but what’s his mentality going to be like when we don’t achieve that goal this season? This is a long term project, and Pepe doesn’t feel like a player who should be a part of it.