Newcastle and Everton tipped to submit loan-to-buy Pepe bids after price tag reveal - pundit
Noel Whelan has tipped Newcastle United and Everton to launch loan-to-buy bids to sign Nicolas Pepe from Arsenal.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested a temporary switch would be best for all parties amid doubts over the 26-year-old’s future.
As reported by French news outlet Jeunes Footeux (16th November), Newcastle, Everton and Crystal Palace are all considering making a loan move for the left-footed Gunners winger.
Mikel Arteta is reportedly happy to let the former Lille man leave in January.
Football.london (13th November) claim the Gunners are willing to accept a £25million permanent bid during the winter window.
However, the report states there are no suitors willing to pay the eight-figure fee.
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As such, a loan with a view to a permanent deal would be the next best thing, according to Whelan
Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I think if you’re going to take a chance on Nicolas Pepe, we know there’s a player there. We know that there’s a skilful winger in him.
“A loan move is the safest move you can make. You’ve got to make sure that you get a player in, you see how he settles and you see his performances.
“Only then can you judge him on the fact that you want to spend £25million. Right now, Arsenal are offloading him or wanting to offload him for a reason. Becausehe’s not done it.
“That is the reason why players bought for big money are then very shortly after loaned out or sold. Because they’ve just not done it for the club that spent the cash.
“For Newcastle and the likes of Everton, to give him the opportunity, to give them that second bite of the cherry in the Premier League, the loan move is the safest move to go down.
“You’re not wasting any money. All you’re paying is a percentage of the wages. Then, at the end of the season, you can assess the situation.”
Pepe has started five times in seven Premier League appearances this season.