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Chris Hughton Responds To Newcastle Bid For Knockaert

7:43 am, Saturday, July 30th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 20 Comments

The Brighton Argus reported yesterday that Newcastle had bid for 24 year-old Brighton & Hove Albion winger Anthony Knockaert in what was said to be a substantial bid, but the south coast club turned it down.

The report was that Newcastle had “prepared a bid of between £6M and £10M”, so it looks like the Tyneside club will need to bid all of £10M to get the French U-21 International.


24 year-old Brighton winger Anthony Knockaert

Whether Newcastle are willing to do that we don’t know and Brighton paid only £2.5M for Anthony when they signed the former Newcastle target from Standard Liege back in January.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton wants to keep his best players at the club during the summer transfer window, including Knockaert – and this is what he has told Sky Sports News HQ when asked about the Newcastle bid:

“What we expect is lots of speculation,” “It’s a consequence of the season we had last season but we want to challenge again.”

“And to be able to challenge again we want a team that is as good as last season and our aim is to keep our best players.”

Brighton were close to being promoted in May and they want to keep their players together so they can launch another bid to get promoted to the Premier League for the very first time.

Brighton 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.

Rafa Benitez wants to sign at least four players this summer and one of them is an attacking winger who can score goals – Knockaert, who Newcastle were interested in signing back in 2012 when he was still at Guingamp is one of those players.

Anthony finally moved to Leicester  City in 2012 from Guingamp and then moved last summer to Standard Liege in Belgium before moving to Brighton in January.

If he does end up at Newcastle this summer he will have been at three different clubs (on a permanent basis) in just over a year.

Comments welcome.

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

20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Spoof // Jul 30, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    Brighton paid £2.6m in January and want £10m now, if they do get the £10m then it is tremendous business from them, and from our point of view £10m is not a high price nowadays, for me £10m would not be expensive and I would class it as being £10m well spent so really its a win win for all concerned.

  • 2 jimmysmith // Jul 30, 2016 at 7:51 AM

    In January, Jesus! On principal don’t sign this second rate star.

  • 3 Spoof // Jul 30, 2016 at 7:59 AM


    what is it that you don’t like about him as he has looked quite decent to me !

  • 4 sing in the corner // Jul 30, 2016 at 7:59 AM

    The trouble is that 2.6mil in Jan or the back end of last year probably IS 10mil or more now. The market has took another leap forward along the hell-bent road football is on, destination: eating itself.
    Reference stupid prices being paid / mooted, like nearly 100mil for Pogba, 50 mil + for Lukaku, for examples.

  • 5 Spoof // Jul 30, 2016 at 8:01 AM


    that may very well be the case but you have got to pay the going rate if your to compete.

  • 6 sing in the corner // Jul 30, 2016 at 8:02 AM

    And that’s before you start talking about the latest wage rates…

  • 7 sing in the corner // Jul 30, 2016 at 8:05 AM

    Agreed. Hence fewer, and fewer clubs can compete, and leagues head for implosion. It’ll be a shame when all competitions end up like La Liga or Bundesliga.

  • 8 Spoof // Jul 30, 2016 at 8:09 AM


    its all relative though isn’t it, you could say that £10m for Knockaert is ridiculous, or £10m for Gayle was ridiculous, but at the same time £25m for Gini was just as ridiculous, we can’t lose sight of the fact that normally ( not Ashley until last summer ) transfer fees are kept within football and its basically just a case of spreading it around to suit your current needs and requirements, the bulk of cash going out of football is the players wages, but sky are paying for that, what happens after sky is a good question, and I have no idea what the answer is, but at some stage player wages will have to reduce.

  • 9 jimmysmith // Jul 30, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    I’m not a big fan of paying four times Brighton did in six months, and I doubt we’d do it if we were preparing for an epl season. But ok, sure maybe he’s worth it, but really!

  • 10 jazzyp // Jul 30, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    Morning lads

    Not saying Knockaert would be a bad signing, But i know he had disciplinary problems at leicester…Hence them letting him leave for free

  • 11 sing in the corner // Jul 30, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    if Rafa wants him that’s good enough for me. Like many I’m investing a lot of trust and no little hope in him. If it takes 10 mil then so be it. But the transfer activities of the clubs with all the clout are so frighteningly beyond us and others. We are light years from being able to compete with them financially.
    Never has it been more crucial to develop your own players from youth and bring them through than it is now.

  • 12 sing in the corner // Jul 30, 2016 at 8:17 AM

    Give Callum Roberts some chances this season…

  • 13 lochinvar // Jul 30, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    Indications from Sky are that we have had a bid rejected for Knockaert probably around £6m but that we are prepared to negotiate between £6m and £10m ( the Brighton chairmans target price ) so £8m would seem to be the valuation needed to do the deal. The player seems to have moved around a lot but will be unsettled by the Rafa factor and Houghton’s ” nothing to do with me” type statement rather suggests he will move.
    Is he worth a third of the £30m asked for Lyons Alexandre Lacazette is one way of looking at it.
    One thing you can be sure of is that Rafa’s tactic is to build a young athletic and gifted team who will need to play fast attacking winning football early in the season when championship pitches and the weather allows so we need maximum points in the bag as quickly as possible. Later in the season some games maybe a bit more of a slog especially away from home on deteriorating pitches so players like Knockaert and Gayle and Perez are the key to unlocking defences with Mitro as the battering ram to occupy defenders and finish the job.
    Should be fun, really looking forward to be back at SJP and enjoying proper football.

  • 14 Spoof // Jul 30, 2016 at 8:18 AM


    I’m not to sure that fewer clubs can compete, in all honesty I feel that the sky input is so great that fan based input isn’t as important to a clubs competitiveness as it used to be, clubs like Stoke, Palace etc can now afford the transfer fees and pay the large wages as well, so in reality I think that Sky have levelled the playing field somewhat, look at the likes of Shaqiri, never in a million years would a player like him have gone to Stoke, but it does and will continue to happen for the forseeable future.

  • 15 jimmysmith // Jul 30, 2016 at 8:20 AM

    ……and there’s the fact Leicester let him go, not this Leicester, the last one, the duff one. Hatem he ain’t, I suppose. And I’m not sure even Rafa could have made that one work. At 2.5 good business, at 10 you’re most likely a mug. He probably isn’t good enough, heavy shirt and all that.

  • 16 Spoof // Jul 30, 2016 at 8:24 AM


    yes Brighton are potentially going to do very well out of him, but we paid £1.1m less for Sissoko than what they did for Knockaert, granted we have had Sissoko for more than six months but its horses for courses, and what about Gini, we have made an £11m profit in twelve months whereas Brighton will only make a max profit of £7.4m, granted over a shorter period of time but even so I don’t really believe that we in a position to cast judgement on what profits other clubs are making.

  • 17 jazzyp // Jul 30, 2016 at 8:27 AM


    If we are building a team for the future, Then i think Che adams would have been a better option rather than Knockaert.

    50 years today since we we won the world cup.Something that shower of Sh@te at the recent tournament should look up to !!

  • 18 sing in the corner // Jul 30, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    Aye. Problem is these clubs unearth a gem every now and then but they spend a short while in the spotlight and usually head off for the bigger money to the big guns. Relies on the so called lesser clubs to keep hitting the jackpot to stay on the conveyor belt. Something has to be done with the transfer system. Financial FairPlay, although I freely admit I don’t know the ins and outs of it, doesn’t seem to be putting the brakes on for the future yet.

  • 19 jimmysmith // Jul 30, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    Maybe he’s the real deal, but likely not. 10 million is quite a stake, on a guy you probably wouldn’t pick ahead of Aarons, or Thauvin for the same money. He’s been around a while. You have to be good to play for a Newcastle team seriously looking at top eight, and isn’t that the sort of player we want.

  • 20 Munster Mag // Jul 30, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    I hope we get this guy because we lack creativity as it stands and that will undo us if we dont address it. Or certainly make life harder. Thing is if we go up we will get shot of half these players as i dont think most of our signings are up to much premiership wise. Maybe we need to start looking abroad again ( properly) as the more established prem players that will pull us out of this league by virtue of being better footballers dont really fancy us. Maybe we can get another Gamez or two for other parts of the team?

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