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Everton join the race for Nicolas Pepe

Everton have joined the race for in-demand Lille star Nicolas Pepe.

The Ivory Coast international has attracted the interest of several clubs across Europe following a prolific season for the French side, with the winger scoring 22 goals as Lille finished runners-up in Ligue 1.

Pepe has been linked with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal this summer, however, the Telegraph are now reporting that Everton are considering an approach.

Any deal for the 24-year-old would likely represent a club-record fee for the Merseyside club, with Lille believed to be demanding around £58.5m for their prized asset.

Lille boss Christophe Galtier confirmed earlier this summer that Pepe would be allowed to leave in the transfer window, amid interest from the Premier League.

Talks over a potential move to Goodison Park are likely to have to wait until the conclusion of the African Cup of Nations, where Pepe is in the Ivory Coast squad which will play Algeria in the quarter-finals on July 11.

Everton have also been linked with Barcelona winger, Malcom, who would represent a cheaper alternative.

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