Newcastle told to seal loan-to-buy Pepe swoop after fresh update - pundit

By Noel Whelan

11th Apr, 2022 | 12:14pm

Newcastle told to complete loan-to-buy Nicolas Pepe deal after Arsenal update - pundit

Newcastle should explore a loan-to-buy deal for Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe this summer, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed a St James’ Park move could allow the 26-year-old to revitalise his career after a “failed” Gunners switch.

According to Calciomercato (7 April), Arsenal have fixed Pepe’s price tag at £25million as they prepare to listen to offers for the Ivory Coast international.

That potential fee would represent a significant loss for the Gunners, who paid a reported club-record £72million fee for the winger in 2019.

Pepe has started just five Premier League games this term.

Whelan conceded any potential Newcastle move for the former Lille man would be a “gamble”.

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“He’s been a massive failure – that’s for sure,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“When you consider the money they paid for him, he’s been very average.

“It’s a really bad bit of business from Arsenal. If they can get £25million for him, they need to be taking it – even if it’s a massive loss.

“Teams will be reluctant to pay that sort of fee for an inconsistent player like Pepe, though. It may well be a loan-to-buy deal.

“He’s really not contributed enough. Whether the Premier League is too tough for him, I don’t know – we know he came from France, which is a far easier league.

“A loan move may be something that Newcastle might fancy. These are the sort of players they will be targeting. He could turn his career around and end up being that big-ticket player. But right now, it’s a gamble.”

Pepe is out of contract at Arsenal in June 2024.

He has netted 27 goals in 108 Gunners outings.

In other news, Kieran Maguire backs Newcastle to emulate Man City as PIF make “huge” move.