Rafa Benitez faces losing out on top transfer target

first_imgLille have stepped up their pursuit of Newcastle target Nicolas Pepe after positive talks with Angers regarding the forward.The 21-year-old has emerged as one of Newcastle’s key summer transfer targets as they prepare for life back in the Premier League.However the Ivorian, who scored three goals in 33 Ligue 1 outings last term, is also wanted by both Lyon and Lille in France.And, according to Foot Mercato, it is the latter which is now leading the chase to sign him after advanced negotiations with Angers.The French club, however, are well aware of the wide interest in Pepe so know they are able to hold out for a bigger fee – leaving Newcastle with a continued chance of landing him Nicolas Pepe could be on his way to Lille 1last_img read more