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Ancelotti Confirms Napoli Interest in Pepe

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Ancelotti Confirms Napoli Interest in Pepe

Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that the Serie A side have held talks with Lille winger Nicolas Pepe, adding that their interest in the Ivory Coast international is no secret.

In addition, the Italian coach has added that the Serie A outfit remain keen on Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez as the Colombian continues to look for a new home following the conclusion of his loan with Bayern Munich.

Pepe has been on the radar of several of Europe's biggest clubs during the off-season, but Napoli look poised to beat their rivals to his signature after the player's agents visited the club's training camp on Thursday.

Speaking to reporters, Ancelotti, who is about to enter his second year at the helm of Napoli, made no secret of his desire to see the winger cross the Alps into Italy to join his side when asked about the presence of Pepe's agents around the club's accommodation .

“They were in our hotel," he admitted to the press. "I said hello, as I did with all the agents who came here.

"Obviously, we are interested in Pepe, his agents are here and there’s no point hiding that. Negotiations are in progress and we’ll see what happens.

“Pepe is a wide attacking player. We want to find someone who can play between the lines, but also strong with his feet.”