Other Premier League clubs bidding for Liverpool target Nicolas Pepe is not “unthinkable”, according to reliable journalist Mohamed Bouhafsi.

The Lille winger was strongly linked with a move to Anfield yet again on Tuesday, with RMC Sport‘s Bouhafsi claiming “concrete discussions” had taken place.

The news was swiftly denied by Merseyside media, although doubts surrounded the validity of those reports.

Although the claims in France suggest Liverpool are in pole position to sign Pepe, acquiring his services won’t be a smooth ride.

Speaking to Get French Football News, Bouhafsi said competition for his signature may come in the form of fellow Premier League clubs:

Don’t be surprised if other clubs dive into the race in the coming days, at Lille, I’m told that they are anticipating other Premier League clubs to get involved.

It is not unthinkable.

Pepe is one of the most highly-rated attacking players in Europe, following a superb season will Lille.

The 24-year-old wide man is currently on Africa Cup of Nations duty with the Ivory Coast.

The varying reports make it a difficult story to gauge, but it would be a surprise if the Reds weren’t showing some level of interest in the player.

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