Liverpool are reportedly set to step up their interest in Lille winger Nicolas Pepe, according to French outlet RMC Sport.
The Reds could use some reinforcement up front as Daniel Sturridge left the club as his contract expired at the end of last month.
Pepe would set back any potential suitors around £60-70million – with Lille putting a handsome price tag on their star player.
The Ivory Coast international is an accomplished left-footed right-winger, like Mo Salah, so it’s intriguing why we’re even supposedly in the conversation for him.
If the rumours are to be believed, and this new report is just the club putting out a smokescreen, is Pepe the long-term successor to Salah’s throne at Anfield?
Bayern Munich and PSG are also thought to hold an interest in the talented forward, but the Daily Record claim he’d prefer a move to the Premier League.
It’s entirely possible that the Reds’ name is being used to drive up any potential transfer fee for Pepe, and journalists close to club believe it’s going to be a quiet summer.
I’d take this one with a pinch of salt.