Report: Everton decide against stunning move for Nicolas Pepe

Everton Sporting Director Marcel Brands looks on during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Leicester City at Goodison Park on January 1, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Everton won't be signing Lille winger Nicolas Pepe this summer.

Lille's Nicolas Pepe during the Ligue 1 match between Lille and Montpellier at Stade Pierre Mauroy on February 17, 2019 in Lille, France.

According to the Liverpool Echo, Everton have decided against a move for Lille winger Nicolas Pepe after feeling he was too expensive.

The Toffees have added Fabian Delph having already signed Jonas Lossl and Andre Gomes this summer, but a winger is an absolute must.

Many of the wingers already linked have been right-sided, left-footed wingers to add some balance to Marco Silva's side, and Pepe was an ambitious target.

 

However, it's believed that the Toffees will turn their attention to other targets, feeling that the finances involved in a move for Pepe are prohibitive.

That's a blow for Everton, as Pepe would have been a sensational addition after smashing 22 goals and 11 assists for Lille last season, but it would have taken a club-record deal to land the Ivorian.

Everton must now turn to other wingers, and if with Bertrand Traore and David Neres seemingly not in the mix, Roma's Cengiz Under should be a target.

Everton Sporting Director Marcel Brands looks on during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Leicester City at Goodison Park on January 1, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Tuttomercatoweb reported earlier this summer that Everton had failed with a €28million (£25million) offer for Under, but the rumour has died down since then.

Under, 22, has huge potential, and the Turkish international hit three goals and seven assists last season, continuing his development at the Stadio Olimpico.

A move for Under would be considerably cheaper than one for Pepe, and and as a technically gifted, left-footed winger who plays on the right and has a turn of pace, Under ticks the boxes for Marcel Brands.

Cengiz Under of AS Roma looks dejected during the Serie A match between Roma and Genoa at Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy on 16 December 2018.

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