Liverpool are not pursuing a deal to sign Nicolas Pepe from LOSC Lille this summer, according to claims from David Lynch for The Evening Standard

The Reds had been linked with a swoop for the Ivorian winger in recent months, with some reports even suggesting that they were nearing an agreement to recruit the player for an eye-watering sum of €80 million. 

However, these indications have been dismissed, with Lynch stating that Liverpool are not interested in landing Pepe from Lille this summer. 

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The winger enjoyed a fine season in Ligue 1 and was instrumental for his side, helping them emerge as the surprise packages of the French top flight last term as they finished in second place, only behind champions Paris Saint-Germain.

Pepe’s form has earned him interest from a plethora of clubs from across Europe, but it would appear as though Liverpool are not among them.

Lynch’s claims for The Evening Standard suggest that board members at Anfield suspect that the Champions League winners have only been touted as potential suitors to drum up interest from elsewhere.

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