Liverpool have reportedly entered into talks to sign Nicolas Pepe and fans are excited about the thought of seeing the Ivorian move to Anfield.

Duncan Castles told the Transfer Window podcast: “From what I’ve been told, Liverpool have been in contact with Pepe’s agent to discuss a deal, his interest in coming and what it would cost to come. Lille are aware of this and are waiting for a bid.

“Manchester United have enquired directly to Lille about what the transfer fee would be. PSG also have an interest in Pepe. Lille have been very clear he’s available for sale and the asking price is €80m (£70m). They would love to have a bid come in from Liverpool and United to get an auction going.”

Nicolas Pepe.

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Liverpool are looking to add more quality to their ranks ahead of the 19/20 season, with Pepe one of several reported targets.

His 18/19 season was sublime, as he directly contributed to 34 goals in 40 games for Lille, attracting interest from Liverpool, Manchester United and PSG.

Here is how fans have reacted to the suggestion that the Reds have opened talks with his agent.

 

Signing a bench player for £70million is uncharacteristic for Klopp and FSG alike but if it did happen, Liverpool’s ability to influence games from the bench would be even stronger.

Divock Origi has proved to be something of a trump card in tricky situations but Pepe would be an even better option for Klopp in dire scenarios.

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