With just two weeks left until the Premier League returns, Everton are yet to make more than one new signing this summer, although a potential new transfer target has been identified by a reliable source.
According to journalist Pete O’Rourke, the Toffees could potentially make a move for Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe.
O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “They may get a real bargain now, whether it’s on loan or not, but I think Everton are in the market for attacking reinforcements.
“They need to replace Richarlison and if Nicolas Pepe is available on loan then it’s something Frank Lampard might look at.”
Frank Lampard will surely be desperate at this point to get in some fresh new talent, especially with last season’s top scorer Richarlison leaving Goodison Park for Tottenham Hotspur in a deal worth £60m.
Pepe has had his ups and downs during his time at the Emirates Stadium since joining from Lille for £72m in 2019, but he has been given the opportunity by Mikel Arteta to prove his worth over the last season.
Over 20 Premier League appearances, the 27-year-old scored one goal and delivered two assists, taking 1.1 shots and winning 2.4 duels per game, along with creating nine big chances and playing 11 key passes.
The £25m-valued Ivorian has been the recipient of high praise from the Arsenal manager, who spoke highly of his performances in Europe during the 2020/21 campaign.
Speaking about Pepe, Arteta told Arsenal’s official website: “He hasn’t had the consistency sometimes in the game time, but I think in Europe he’s been terrific and in the Premier League he’s started to show much more what he’s like, and he’s very hungry.”
The Toffees could snap up an absolute bargain by signing Pepe to replace the Richarlison-shaped hole which has weakened the forward line at Goodison Park, and if Lampard could get the best out of the Arsenal winger, the 27-year-old could form a great goalscoring partnership with Dominic Calvert-Lewin next season.
Farhad Moshiri must act fast and prioritise the signing of a forward over the next few weeks, as Everton will be hoping to get off a good start in the Premier League to ensure that they don’t suffer a similar fate to last season… or worse.