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Everton target highly-rated Pepe

| Wednesday, 10 July 2019 40comments  |  Jump to last
Everton are showing interest in Lille's sought-after forward, Nicholas Pepe according to a report.

The Blues are one of a number of clubs to have been linked with Pepe who is said to be valued around €65m.

The Ivory Coast international was the second-top scorer in Ligue 1 last season and was strongly linked with Liverpool earlier this summer.

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Paul Bernard
1 Posted 10/07/2019 at 17:13:35
£65m for a one season wonder as it stands? Not for me thanks.

Malcolm or neres are more likely, plus I’d rather tempt Mauro Icardi with his rumoured £50m price tag. Unlikely he would come to Everton but what’s the harm in asking?

Brian Williams
2 Posted 10/07/2019 at 17:19:48
I'm beginning to think it may be less time consuming if the players we're NOT linked with are highlighted! 🤣
Fran Mitchell
3 Posted 10/07/2019 at 18:06:21
Check the report in the Telegraph.

It offers nothing to substantiate, doesn't even suggest any sources have said anything, just random rumour-mongering.

Everton are known to be after a left-footed forward, ergo let's link them with this guy.

They even suggest it is unlikely Everton will bid what they are asking, and that other players are more likely.

At the end of the day, it is just click-bait.

John Graham
4 Posted 10/07/2019 at 18:44:47
To me, it's a familiar situation that happens almost every year at Everton. We get linked with a string of players which gets our mouths watering and then end up disappointed with another Tosun or Niasse.

Last year was the first time I have been excited with our signings for quite a while. Let's hope all of this doesn't turn out to be a big letdown.

I'll put my order in now. Two strikers, a creative midfielder and Zouma please.

Jack Convery
5 Posted 10/07/2019 at 19:02:58
Will be Peppe Pig next - nose for goals, lucky in front of goal aka porky - goals come in streaks, brings in the bacon etc etc...
Tony Everan
6 Posted 10/07/2019 at 20:31:27
Lyndon, I think your 'rumometer' is going to blow up at this rate.

Pat Kelly
7 Posted 10/07/2019 at 20:33:58
We heard some weeks ago that Silva and Brands had identified their targets. It means little or nothing unless they mean they'd identified the gaps they want to fill.

You may want a specific player as a first choice but as we know it's rarely that simple. It feels like we're casting around wide and far and by now must be well down the list of targets for all the vacancies or off the list and hoping someone suitable will become available. A loan or two, unless we cash in on Gana.

Brian Williams
8 Posted 10/07/2019 at 20:42:18
Neither Silva or Brands has come out and identified who we're after apart from Zouma. If there are those among us who choose to believe every report in the media then the disappointment they feel is down to them not down to Silva and Brands.
If the window shuts and we've not done decent business THEN moan and be disappointed. It's the usual transfer window behaviour by some who never seem to learn!

Moral of the story. Stop taking every shite link as Gospel!

Pat Kelly
9 Posted 10/07/2019 at 20:43:51
By the way, Zouma is on the bench for Chelsea's friendly tonight in Dublin against Bohemians. He didn't get on in the first half.
Brian Williams
10 Posted 10/07/2019 at 20:45:39
Pat. Let's hope he gets on in the second half and has an absolute nightmare!
Pat Kelly
11 Posted 10/07/2019 at 20:48:54
Brian 😀, that should do it
Pat Kelly
12 Posted 10/07/2019 at 20:54:34
Well the second half team has been announced, yes it's one of those games, and Zouma is on.
Len Hawkins
13 Posted 10/07/2019 at 21:25:02
Pepe ? sounds like Quentin Crisps poodle
Steve Ferns
14 Posted 10/07/2019 at 21:32:22
Paul, I’m also worried he’s a one season wonder. Never saw him last season, but the year before I watched them and saw nothing to take note of him for. He doesn’t make my top 3 on the wish list of wide forwards.
Jason Broome
15 Posted 10/07/2019 at 22:05:47
Bohemians equalised. I haven't seen the game but i'm hoping Zouma fucked up in conceding the goal... Sorry Kurt.
Terry Farrell
16 Posted 11/07/2019 at 07:11:19
Don't think we need him or Malcolm. We do need a CF.
Mike Gaynes
17 Posted 11/07/2019 at 07:48:52
No, of course not, Terry. What do we want with brilliantly talented young players if they don't play CF?

Oy vey.

Sam Hoare
18 Posted 11/07/2019 at 08:29:24
No shot at Pepe I shouldn’t think. Malcom and Neres seem more realistic options and both could be fantastic.

Could be an interesting few weeks. I’m still expecting a CB (Zouma please) a RW (Malcom please) and a CF (Kean please) at minimum.

Still a lot of deadwood to shift too! Bolasie, Martina, Besic, Niasse, Tosun (?), McCarthy(?).

Si Smith
19 Posted 11/07/2019 at 09:54:16
I don't know much about this guy other than what's been written recently, but my lads tell me he's quality.

To be fair to the Blues, we have been linked with some class players recently; if we come through with some of them, we should have some exciting players to watch next season.

Malcom, Neres, Traore, and Pepe are all massively above the standard we have been in for over the past few years.

Jason Broome
20 Posted 11/07/2019 at 11:28:28
Out of all of the strikers we've been linked to, Pepe is the one I want the most.

Like the £28M for Lukaku and the £45M for Sigurdsson, I honestly believe that we are going to shatter our previous records.

With solid Zouma at the back, if we sign this kid and a few others on our radar, our energy, skill and speed will be mouth-watering.

Phil Martin
21 Posted 11/07/2019 at 12:07:43
There's as much chance of us getting Pepe as there is us building a World Class 60,000 seater stadium on the docks.
James Marshall
22 Posted 11/07/2019 at 12:50:58
When I first read this, my heart sank as I thought it was that bellend centre half who used to play for Madrid.

Happily it's some bloke I've never heard of.

Alan McKie
23 Posted 11/07/2019 at 13:36:49
I prefer the cloak-and-dagger approach of Catterick in the sixties. The first you heard of any transfers was in the morning papers and the player was already signed.

Today, there are too many lazy journalists and greedy scum bag agents involved, trying to line their own pockets.

Brian Williams
24 Posted 11/07/2019 at 14:10:29
There are some miserable negative fuckers on here *lol.*
David Pearl
25 Posted 11/07/2019 at 14:22:50
Well in any case we need to hurry up or we'll be bedding players in over the first couple of months again, losing ground in the process. I have no great insight into any of the attackers really.

Just watched all the one-on-one misses from Malcom last season. This guy had had one good year. Kean is unproven... Costa is a head case but at least he'd be our nutter, and a focal point.

Busy few weeks and I'm already sick and tired of googling Everton every half hour.

Steve Brown
26 Posted 11/07/2019 at 14:24:24
Brian @ 24, sometimes it’s like Statler and Waldorf from the Muppet show on here.
Dave Abrahams
27 Posted 11/07/2019 at 14:48:29
Alan (23), yes Harry never let his right hand know what his left was doing when it came to transfers. He let me down once.

I was working nights in Antrim Farm and going to work at 8:00 pm it looked like Colin Stein (Hibs) was in the bag. I went in the paper shop on the way home and bought about four papers to read about our latest signing. The bastard, Stein not Harry, couldn't agree terms, so Harry said “Terrah” and that was the end of that; he finished up signing for Coventry.

On another occasion, Spurs thought they had Alex Scott only for Harry to kidnap and bring him here at the last minute, same with Revie and Ball. Travesty of Justice and Kendall (that was the best one).

We could all go on and on about Harry and his moonlight transfers... Sorry, I already have!!!

Dave Abrahams
28 Posted 11/07/2019 at 14:52:11
Ah hey Michael, that word processor wants looking at, that should be Cantril Farm not Antrim Farm @ 27.
Andrew Keatley
29 Posted 11/07/2019 at 15:35:03
Super-quick, left-footed, great close control, can turn on a six-pence, excellent dribbler, has confidence in abundance, and makes things happen. Might be prone to the odd dribble in the wrong place, and I'm not sure yet what he offers defensively in terms of concentration and discipline, but opposition defences will be wary of him, and something tells me he's going to be a good signing for someone. €65m sounds a tad high, but I guess that's the market for top talent transferring in to the Premier League.

I'd be more excited to have him than Neres or Malcom - but maybe that's reflected in the fact that his asking price seems doubly high...

John McFarlane Snr
30 Posted 11/07/2019 at 15:37:54
Hi Dave [27] further to your tales of cloak and dagger signings, it was common for managers to view possible targets from the terraces. I believe that players were taken advantage of in those pre-agent days, although Alan Ball allegedly relieved Don Revie of a 'brown envelope' containing £500.

One signing I remember was that of Peter Kavanagh, from non-league Romford, he who was famous for the phrase of, "What do you expect for a "1,000 pounds?"

Everton at that time were linked with a winger from Partick Thistle, his name escapes me now. I worked in Aintree then, and spotting the headline of ''Everton sign winger'' on an 'Echo' board outside of a newspaper shop, I jumped off a bus halfway home. You can imagine my disappointment on learning who the winger was; that disappointment was heightened when I saw him play.

Dave Abrahams
31 Posted 11/07/2019 at 15:46:31
John (30), yes I remember Kavanagh very well, not favourably, unfortunately!!!
Tom Bowers
32 Posted 11/07/2019 at 16:31:35
Kavanagh was one of many wingers who came and went around that era. Micky Lill, Jimmy Fell, Tommy Ring, Alan Tyrer, Jimmy Harris, Johnny Morrisey, Derek Temple to name but a few. Obviously they all had varying degrees of achievement but I suppose Kavanagh was the one many won't remember.
Would be nice to get one today who can, run, dribble and score ala Kanchelskis.
Tony Abrahams
33 Posted 11/07/2019 at 16:59:55
That’s what I’m hoping with Everton, over the next couple of weeks. We are getting linked with everyone, so I just hope Brands, has got a couple of rabbits in the hat?
Paul Hewitt
34 Posted 11/07/2019 at 21:27:53
West ham have agreed a 45 million fee for Haller.
Jack Convery
35 Posted 11/07/2019 at 22:14:40
We need to get people in early given are so called easy start to the season. We need to make hay etc etc
Tommy Carter
36 Posted 12/07/2019 at 11:19:26

Haller will be a decent player but not a great goalscorer in England. I’m not too fussed about missing out on him.

I think we should approach the Pépé deal with extreme caution. Yes the player looks to be very good, but only if the price is right for me. £40-£45m should be our absolute maximum bid.

I say this because Florian Thauvin whonplays in a very similar style and position to Pepe has been incredible for Marseilles over the last couple of seasons and he simply couldn’t cut it in England at all. For me, the French league is not a barometer of world class talent, which is what a £60m player should be.

Dave Abrahams
37 Posted 12/07/2019 at 11:36:36
Tom (32), Alan Tyrer is an interesting one, he came through the ranks, played a few games then went to Arsenal, never heard of him after that, maybe played for Southport, Jimmy Fell scored two in The Liverpool Senior Cup final versus Liverpool, the game when St. John made his debut for Liverpool and scored a hat trick, we won 4-3 though, you missed Graham Williams from Bradford City.

Another Kanchelskis? We really would be going places as long as he stayed a few more years than the Russian.

Tom Bowers
38 Posted 12/07/2019 at 11:59:29
Not meaning to be a naysayer but it looks like it's going to be more of the same this season unless Silva has some new strategy for blending what he has into an outfit with some real mettle.

Granted many players have been involved in other things but isn't it the same every Summer? Very little movement in our out and the season starts in 4 weeks so it's not giving much time for anyone new to settle in.

John McFarlane Snr
39 Posted 12/07/2019 at 12:36:51
Hi Dave [37] I've just checked Alan Tyrer's record it reads as follows, Everton 9 games, 2 goals. Mansfield Town 41, games 5 goals. Arsenal 0 games. Bury 3 games, 0 goals. Workington 228 games [15 substitute], 18 goals. League figures only.

I think that Les Shannon, former Liverpool and Burnley player, and Everton coach, while coaching at Highbury played a part in Billy Wright signing Tyrer. Alan Tyrer died in January 2008 aged 65.

Terry Farrell
40 Posted 12/07/2019 at 16:42:36
Mike Malcolm is a one trick pony and you would quickly suss him out and stop him. Barca have ruled on him. I know that's a contradiction given we love Digne and Gomes but this time they are right. We have talent and back up out wide but we need a consistent goal scorer who also suits our team.–

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