Everton have been named amongst the interested parties in signing Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe. 

Despite arriving for big money in 2019 the 26-year-old has struggled to reach the height many might’ve expected in the Premier League. 

Now the Gunners are believed to be open to the idea of a January departure for the Ivory Coast international. 

That’s according to a report from Jeunex Footeux, as cited by Sport Witness on Twitter. 

The report claims that Arsenal ‘might not have any other choice’ than to accept loan to buy offers for the 25-cap ace. 

Pepe has failed to live up to expectations at the Emirates Stadium and has only registered one assist in seven Premier League outings this season. 

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Just when it seemed the days of signing outcasts from fellow Premier League clubs were behind the Toffees. 

Whilst Pepe clearly possesses plenty of ability, having struggled badly in North London surely Rafa Benitez wouldn’t set about rekindling a career in Merseyside. 

Still valued at £31.5million and under contract until 2024 (Transfermarkt), the option to buy would likely remain a costly one as Arsenal look to recoup some of their £72million club record outlay and one Everton should avoid.