- Arsenal are targeting Lille striker Nicolas Pep
- The 23-year-old Ivorian is valued at £30m by the Ligue 1 club
- Schalke and Lyon tried signing the talented forward during the summer transfer window
Premier League campaigners, Arsenal are eyeing Lille forward Nicolas Pepe, who attracted offer from Bundesliga side Schalke in the summer transfer window.
According to a UK sun report citing sources at French channel, Le10 Sport insist the Ligue 1 side will not sanction any deal below their £30 evaluation of the 23-year-old striker.
Arsenal new manager, Unai Emery is eager to add the highly-rated forward, in the coming winter window the report further noted.
Interestingly, in the summer window, Schalke tabled a £20m offer and other incentives for Pepe but Lille reject their advances, insisting they are not ready to welcome any bid, below their £30 valuation of the forward.
In addition, Ligue 1 rivals Lyon despite closing in a deal for Pepe could not convince the Ivorian forward, to switch base.
However, with Arsenal joining the fray, the forward may fancy an adventure in the English topflight possibly with the Emirates dwellers in the coming transfer window.
Already, Arsenal eggheads have reportedly informed the Ligue 1 side of their plans for the player, if he continues to turn out decent performances during matches.
Interestingly, Pepe's current value in the market is likely to skyrocket, when Arsenal tender an official bid as more suitors will likely join the race for his signature.
Arsenal resume hostilities in the Premier League on Saturday at Newcastle.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously had reported that Arsenal have joined the race to sign Porto midfielder Hector Herrera, who is also on the radar of Real Madrid and other top clubs across Europe.
According to a UK Mirror report citing various sources, the Mexican international contract at the Estadio Dragao ends in the summer of 2018/19 campaign.
At the moment, the 28-year-old claims Herrera held talks with new Los Blancos boss, Julen Lopetegui in just-concluded international break.
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