Manchester United advance transfer talks with Lille over signing of Nicolas Pepe

first_imgArsenal and Liverpool are interested in Pepe (Picture: Getty)United have had a long-standing interest in Pepe and last week stepped up their interest in the Lille star.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to add quality and new characters to his squad, with United also chasing Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes.AdvertisementAdvertisementUnited are preparing to collect a big transfer fee for Romelu Lukaku, after rejecting a £54m offer from Inter for the striker.The Manchester side want closer to £75m for Lukaku, but will use the funds raised from the sale to go after Pepe.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Manchester United advance transfer talks with Lille over signing of Nicolas Pepe Comment Pepe is expected to leave Lille this summer (Picture: Getty)Manchester United have progressed talks with Lille to sign Nicolas Pepe, according to reports.Arsenal and Liverpool are chasing Pepe and French media claim the Premier League duo have lodged offers for the forward.The 24-year-old is one of the most in-demand attackers this summer following his impressive season for Lille in which he scored 22 goals in Ligue 1.Lille want upwards of £70million for Pepe and The Times claim United have advanced discussions to sign the goalscorer.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementcenter_img United advanced talks with Lille last week (Picture: Getty)While Lille are eager to cash in on Pepe, the player is yet to give an indication on which side he wants to join this summer.Pepe is on holiday after taking part in the Africa Cup of Nations over the summer.Only Kylian Mbappe (33) scored more goals than Pepe in Ligue 1 last season, as the winger caught the eye of several top clubs.La Liga and Serie A sides are interested in Pepe and Paris Saint-Germain have also been tipped to raid their French rivals.MORE: Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to take on Roy Keane’s advice after private chatMore: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Coral BarrySunday 21 Jul 2019 11:41 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Trial draws to close

first_img Share Share Tweet NewsRegional Trial draws to close by: – February 17, 2011 Sharing is caring!center_img Share 39 Views   no discussions Caribbean 360 NewsBefore Buju took the stand yesterday, the court heard from two other Jamaican musicians, Stephen Marley and Gramps Morgan, who testified on their friend’s behalf.FLORIDA, United States, Thursday February 17, 2011 – Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton will today continue his testimony in his drug trial after more than four hours of intense grilling on the witness stand yesterday when he insisted that he was not a drug pusher.“I know it may look bad and it may sound bad, but I am not a drug dealer. Yes, I talked the talked, but I did not walk the walk,” Buju said.Since Monday, prosecutor James Preston has been trying to convince the jury that Buju, whose real name is Mark Myrie, is guilty of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine; attempted possession with the intent to distribute cocaine; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking offence; and using a communication facility to facilitate a drug-trafficking offence.The prosecution called several witnesses, including US government informant Alexander Johnson, and played video and audio recordings of Buju discussing cocaine and tasting the drug.“I feel ashamed of seeing myself and hearing myself,” Buju told the court. But he kept insisting that it was not as it appeared.Under cross-examination by Preston, who pressed him about why he spoke about dealing drugs if it was not something he really did, the entertainer said he was only “talking crap” and that Johnson was being impressive with his talk and he was “trying to impress too”.“You never told him that you did not want to do a drug deal?” the prosecutor asked during his grilling, to which Buju replied: “I did not tell him I wanted to do one either.”The Gammy-winning singer said if he really wanted to do a deal with Johnson, he would not have put off meeting with the man for five months.As for the video of him tasting the cocaine in a warehouse, the singer said he had been tricked. He testified that he thought he was going to see a boat at the warehouse and if he had known the cocaine would have been brought into the picture he would not have gone. Buju said when he got there and realised Johnson was serious about dealing drugs, he feared for his life and tried to play it cool.“I saw my family, my children, everything that I have worked hard for in the past 21 years flash before my face,” he said.Before Buju took the stand yesterday, the court heard from two other Jamaican musicians, Stephen Marley and Gramps Morgan, who testified on their friend’s behalf. They said they trusted him and did not know of him being a drug dealer.Judge James Moody, who’s presiding over the case, is to rule on whether the charges of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking offence and using the wires to facilitate a drug trafficking offence should be dropped, following an application by defence attorney David Oscar Markus yesterday.Markus had asked that all the charges be dismissed because the prosecution did not present sufficient evidence to support them. The judge said he could not drop the conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and attempted possession with the intent to distribute cocaine charges, but would consider Markus’ application on the other two.When Buju completes his testimony, closing arguments will be made by both the prosecution and defence before the jury begins deliberating on a verdict.Last time around, jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict, prompting a mistrial to be declared.last_img read more