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Spurs' stadium saga could hand Arsenal the edge in chase for prolific winger Pepe

North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham have both been handed an unexpected boost in the chase for Lille’s Nicolas Pepe, according to L’Equipe, via the Daily Star.

They report that the Ligue 1 outfit were unwilling to discuss a January deal for the wideman, but are now ready to sit down and negotiate with any club who are ready to start the bidding at £45m.

Both Unai Emery and Mauricio Pochettino are reportedly interested in signing Pepe, who has 12 goals so far this season from his wide role.

The rivalry between the two sides has been reignited this season – the recent clash between the two underlined just how fiery relations are at present – and a transfer tussle between the two could define who finishes higher in the league.

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Both sides can put an ambitious plan on the table for Pepe, but perhaps cannot extend to a bumper deal for the wideman.

So it will come down to which side can convince him, and on that front, perhaps the confusion over Tottenham’s stadium will hand the initiative to the red half of north London.

And with Manchester United having sacked Jose Mourinho, uncertainty over whether Pochettino will go to Old Trafford could also be a factor.

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