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From France: Manchester City scouts watch £44m-rated target score on Sunday

Manchester City had a delegation at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Sunday afternoon to watched rumoured attacking target Nicolas Pepe in action, it has been confirmed.

During his commentary during Lille’s 1-1 draw with Reims today, beIN Sports broadcaster Julien Brun confirmed that the Premier League champions had a scouting presence in attendance to watch Pepe, who has emerged as one of Ligue 1’s most exciting talents.

Back in November, Duncan Castles reported for The Sunday Times that City had inquired about the availability of Pepe, 23, and were considering a bid for the £44 million rated forward.

And they watched as the goal scoring winger added another strike to his tally against Reims in Lille’s 1-1 draw today. It was the Ivorian’s 11th Ligue 1 goal in 17 games, and with 5 assists on top of that he is clearly a very productive player.

The extent of City’s interest isn’t known but with Pep Guardiola not exactly short on wingers, it begs the question of if Pepe is needed and if he is, whether Guardiola might deploy him as a centre-forward as Gabriel Jesus continues to struggle for goals.

Today’s scouting presence certainly confirms City are keeping a close eye on Pepe, who plays for Lille, the same club where Eden Hazard made his name in France before joining Chelsea.

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