Brighton have turned down a bid from Newcastle for their French winger Anthony Knockaert, who Newcastle were first interested in when he was still at Guingamp in France back in 2012, and we have been linked with this player several times since then.
The offer from Newcastle is said to have been a substantial one for the French U-21 International who left Guingamp in 2012 for Leicester City in 2012.
Anthony Knockaert – Brighton winger
Since then he has moved to Standard Liege in 2015 and stayed there just over a year before signing on at Brighton last January.
The Argus newspaper in Brighton is reporting that Chairman Tony Bloom is trying to keep the squad together from last season, as the south coast club again mounts a promotion challenge under former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton.
Newcastle are said to be prepared to pay between £6M and £10M for the talented French winger.
The 24-year-old scored 5 goals in 21 total games last season for Brighton and was also key in creating chances for the Brighton side – he also had 7 assists.
Chairman Bloom has already turned down a bid of £5M from Crystal Palace for center-back Lewis Dunk, who has been a long term target of Newcastle United.
And Burnley have tried a number times to sign talented Brighton midfielder Dale Stephens, but all three offers have been turned down from the newly promoted Premier League club.
Rafa Benitez is still trying to bring in four or five players this summer at Newcastle and one of those is a winger.
So it does look like Chief Scout Graham Carr is involved and Rafa is looking back on players Newcastle have been after and scouted in the past.
But surely Brighton are unlikely to part with their star winger to Newcastle, who are likely to be pushing hard for promotion, along with Brighton this season.
What do you think?