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Newcastle Have Substantial Bid Turned Down For French Winger

7:41 am, Friday, July 29th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

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

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?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bobbybee // Jul 29, 2016 at 7:55 AM

    We’ve got the readies, make them an offer they can’t refuse. He’ll replace sissoko. Runs at players, bags of skill and a cracking dead ball specialist. This is one rumour i really hope is fact, as i’ve been on about this lad for weeks now. Get him bought, he can make the step up as well. Do not take no for an answer!! 😉

  • 2 Spoof // Jul 29, 2016 at 8:02 AM

    Now I would be grinning like a cheshire cat if we get him, he was great at Brighton on the right wing but even more productive for Standard Liege when played as a left winger, I’ve been harping on about having so many unknown quantities with our 5 midfielders, this kid has talent, please get him, Knockaert on the left with Ritchie on the right with Aarons hopefully proving to be the best of the three would make me a happy chappie.

    Funnily enough all three are predominantly left footed, not that that is a hindrance, just an observation.

  • 3 sing in the corner // Jul 29, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    We must be a reasonably attractive proposition for him. He can look at our French contingent and see some have done pretty well for themselves here despite coming from relative obscurity…

  • 4 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 29, 2016 at 8:05 AM

    When I hear the term “French winger” I cringe…

  • 5 TheBoss // Jul 29, 2016 at 8:05 AM

    100% Agree with Bobbybee this lad is pure class. I too have said all summer we should get this lad , bust the bank if we have to. Yes he maybe French but he doe’s have a work and team ethic and a left foot like a Magic Wand. If we bought Florian Thauvin. for £12 Mill this lad is worth £15 – £18 Mill at least on todays inflated prices.

  • 6 martoon // Jul 29, 2016 at 8:19 AM

    I’d be surprised if one of our promotion rivals would sell us one of their best players no matter how much we offered them. Although we are starting to become the ‘Man City’ of the Championship 😀

  • 7 Moonraker15 // Jul 29, 2016 at 8:50 AM


    When I hear French left winger I think “Lauren Robert” or “David Ginola” !!!

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