Inter Milan have reportedly submitted a £62m bid for Lille winger Nicolas Pepe – should Tottenham Hotspur continue their interest and make a counter offer?
The Metro cite French outlet L’Equipe in writing that the offer does not quite meet the French club’s demands of £70m – with Liverpool also keen on the player.
Pepe is the latest in a long list of wide men to have been linked with Spurs recently, with Mauricio Pochettino clearly keen to bolster his options in that area.
The 24-year-old primarily operates on the right flank, using his stronger left foot to cut inside and take on defenders.
His direct style of play is the main reason for all the attention, with his fearlessness, pace and dribbling ability combing to bamboozle defenders in Ligue 1.
Of course, end product is always important and Pepe has excelled in both departments over the past two years with the French club, finding the back of the net 35 times and providing 15 assists.
Clearly the Ivory Coast potential has the raw skills to entertain Premier League crowds, but one concern would be whether he would be able to handle the physical nature of England’s top flight given his rather slim build.
In addition, a £70m fee seems a tad steep off the back of two successful seasons, plus the winger has never competed in either the Europa or Champions League.
For half of that price, Spurs seem to be in the race for PSV attacker Steven Berwijn, as reported by Read Tottenham yesterday, meaning that Spurs’ funds could be more evenly spread.
However, should they fail to secure more cost-effective options then Daniel Levy should look to sign Pepe, given the fact that he is likely to grow into a mercurial talent for years to come.