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Report: Liverpool initiate contact over Nicolas Pepe

Report: Liverpool initiate Pepe contact
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Liverpool are reportedly in control in the race to sign Nicolas Pepe from Lille as they have established contact with the French side over a summer transfer.

Liverpool have reportedly moved to the front of the queue in the race to sign Nicolas Pepe after making a formal enquiry about the Lille forward.

The Ivory Coast international's agent confirmed at the weekend that a number of clubs have shown an interest in the £75m-rated attacker.

Arsenal are considered long-term admirers of Pepe and Chelsea see him as a possible replacement for Eden Hazard, while Bayern Munich and Manchester United have also been touted as possible suitors.

French outlet Le10 Sport suggests that Liverpool have stolen a march on each of their rivals, however, as they have established contact with Lille about the 23-year-old.

Pepe has scored 19 times and provided 11 assists in 32 Ligue 1 matches this season, becoming the first player in the division to reach double figures for both.

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2Manchester CityMan City96122992019
3Leicester CityLeicester9522168817
4Chelsea95221914517
5Arsenal84311311215
6Crystal Palace9423810-214
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs93331513212
8Burnley93331211112
9Bournemouth93331313012
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11Aston Villa93241513211
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13Everton9315813-510
14Manchester UnitedMan Utd82339819
15Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd82337709
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton9234912-39
17Southampton9225916-78
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle9225514-98
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20Watford9045521-164

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