Everton planning shock move for €25m-rated Arsenal forward

Everton and West Ham have shown an interest in signing Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe. However, the two teams will face competition from Leicester City and Sevilla in the battle for the 27-year-old winger. Nicolas joined the Gunners from Lille in the summer of 2019 in a club-record transfer.

However, three years into his stint, Pepe has failed to justify the massive investment made in him by Arsenal, having been largely inconsistent throughout. Ivory Coast international has fallen out of favour under the Spanish coach and was used sparingly last campaign.

The Gunners are set to cash in on the Ivorian forward this summer as they look to bring in a new face to strengthen their front line. Leeds United have shown an interest in the Ivorian, as a possible replacement for Raphinha, despite adding Luis Sinisterra.

Everton and West Ham have also entered the battle to add the African attacker before the transfer window closes. Everton are in the market for new attacking signings after losing striker Richarlison to Tottenham in a deal worth £60m. Given their financial issues, Everton cannot go big in the transfer market this summer.

So a move for someone like the former Lille winger, who could be available in a cut-price deal, could be an appealing prospect. Apart from Everton and West Ham, La Liga giants Sevilla are also interested in the Arsenal forward, while Leicester City are also keeping tabs on the attacker’s situation.