Newcastle United will reportedly now ‘make an offer’ to sign FC Porto winger Pepe in the ‘coming days’.
The Lowdown: Busy summer
Lille defender Sven Botman is expected to sign for the Magpies after both clubs agreed on a deal on Friday night, which would make him their third summer signing after Matt Targett and Nick Pope.
With three areas of the pitch already covered, the Tynesiders will now be looking at other positions to strengthen as the new season draws closer.
The Latest: Pepe ‘offer’
The Brazilian has a €70m (£60.2m) release clause, although his market value is set at €18m (£15.5m), which the news outlet suggests is undervalued.
The Verdict: Potential bargain
To potentially snap up Pepe for around £15.5m could turn out to be a bargain for the Toon.
He scored six goals and supplied a further six assists in all competitions in his debut season in European football, and he is capable of playing in a variety of different positions (Transfermarkt).
Should Newcastle sign Porto's Pepe?
For context, nobody at St James’ Park managed more than 10 goal contributions in the most recent Premier League campaign, so he could certainly add an effective presence to Eddie Howe’s attack.
Also, as Pepe is just 25 years of age, Newcastle would be buying a player who is about to enter his prime and can also boast 32 goals in 159 senior career appearances.
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