£44million in-form winger could become Arsenal first January signing

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Manchester City have reportedly enquired the availability of Lille forward Nicolas Pepe, whose form in Ligue 1 this season is understood to have alerted many Europe’s biggest clubs, with the 23-year-old having netted eight goals and created five more in just 12 matches.

While Arsenal are thought to be monitoring his progress and even preparing £44 million the player. Meanwhile, The Times reports that Manchester City have now also joined the race for his services.

Pep Guardiola is willing to further strengthen his attacking options at Etihad, despite scoring a record 106 goals in the Premier League last term and leading the way with 33 already this season.

Southampton are believed to have seen a £12.5 million bid turned down in the summer, while Lille are also understood to have rejected an offer of more than double that from Lyon on the final day of the summer transfer window.



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