Everton are showing interest in prolific Lille forward Nicolas Pepe despite his huge price tag, according to The Telegraph.

Last season, the Toffees target was outscored by only Kylian Mbappe in Ligue 1, finishing with an outstanding tally of 22 goals in 39 appearances.

Pepe is currently on international duty with the Ivory Coast, who are in the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations, with Everton assessing the availability of the forward.

If Marco Silva is to land the 24-year-old he will have to part with around £58.5million to bring his man to Goodison Park.

For some time now, Everton have been desperate for a goal-scoring forward who can lift the club into the top six of the Premier League.

Richarlison has showed flashes of what he is capable of, however Pepe could become the answer to their problems if he completes a move to Merseyside.

Silva is looking to bring in a left-footed attacker to feature on the right side for Everton this season, with the Lille forward ticking all of those boxes.

With the spending habits of the Toffees of late, it is hard to imagine the price tag attached to Pepe being a problem.

The sale of current squad members would be expected to help fund the deal though, while Everton have shortlisted other potential transfer to help solve their attacking dilemma.

Barcelona’s Malcom has been told he can leave the Spanish giants and is also on Silva’s radar, and will cost a reported £31m.

Everton will have to decide whether they are willing to part with big money for Pepe, however at half the price Malcom is also an attractive option for the Premier League outfit.


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