According to a recent report from L’Equipe (via The Daily Star), Tottenham are one of a few Premier League sides eyeing up a move for forward Nicolas Pepe. The 23-year-old currently plays his football at French outfit Lille and has done so since leaving Angers back in 2017, with his excellent form in front of goal for the Ligue 1 club seemingly attracting interest from the Premier League.
And that’s because reports suggest that Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs, as well as Arsenal and Chelsea, are interested in a move for the Ivory Coast international, and with £45 million reportedly the figure needed to convince Lille of a possible sale, Tottenham simply must beat their London rivals to the 23-year-old, in what would represent a huge statement of intent.
Ultimately, Pochettino embarked upon a testing summer transfer window at the North London outfit in failing to sign any new players, with the cost of the new stadium likely playing a key part in the lack of money available for the Argentine.
And while the Spurs chief deserves an enormous amount of credit for steering his side towards third place in the Premier League table, just six points behind leaders Liverpool, one still senses that the North Londoners will come up short in pursuit of major honours this term, be it the Premier League or indeed the Champions League.
And for Tottenham to take that extra step towards regularly competing for the biggest trophies on offer, chairman Daniel Levy is going to have to spend big money in the coming transfer windows – and Lille’s Pepe is one man they must seek to land.
The 23-year-old has been one of the most in-form forwards in European football since his move to the French side back in 2017, netting 14 times in all competitions last term as they just about staved off relegation – ultimately, it was his goals that kept them up.
And the Ivorian has taken it up another level this season with a staggering 12 goals and seven assists in just 18 Ligue 1 appearances for Lille, helping them to second place in the division, and helping himself to the top of the goal-scoring charts alongside Kylian Mbappe and Emiliano Sala.
And at the tender age of 23, it’s clear that Pepe has an extremely bright future in the game but is also a signing for the present – add in his ability to play in a more advanced central role, an area Spurs have trouble in outside of Harry Kane, and he’d be absolutely ideal for Spurs.
Significantly though, with both Arsenal and Chelsea reportedly keen on the 23-year-old, winning the race for his signature would be a huge statement of intent from the North Londoners as they seek to take that extra step towards the biggest titles – Pepe is a player that can help them do that presently, and indeed for many years to come.
As such, while it has been reported that Unai Emery’s Gunners are in pole position for Pepe’s signature, it’s a deal Tottenham chairman Levy absolutely must strike, in what would send out a huge statement of intent to their Premier League rivals.
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