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Newcastle lead the charge for Nicolas Pépé

Newcastle United are in pole position to land Angers striker Nicolas Pépé this summer, according to L’Équipe.

Rafael Benitez has been a big fan of the player since watching him at the Parc des Princes in November. NUFC and Hull both made bids for the player in January which he personally rebuffed.

However, since Newcastle’s promotion to the Premier League, the Magpies have lodged a fresh enquiry to Angers for the Ivorian international.

Contact between the player’s entourage and the English side appears to be continuous.

Watford, Wolfsburg and Hamburg have all also recently made approaches for the Angers attacker, who will make a decision on his future after this weekend’s Coupe de France final.

In France, Lille manager Marcelo Bielsa personally attended Angers’ Ligue 1 encounter with Montpellier last weekend to survey Pépé, whilst Monaco, Lyon and Marseille, who as a trio all made moves last January, are expected to have their say again this time around.

Pépé will almost certainly heat up the market this summer – Angers’ one hope of keeping him is if they can qualify for the Europa League buy beating PSG in the cup final on the weekend.

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