Newcastle Considering New Improved Bid For Forward

It was interesting a week ago when Rafa Benitez was talking about how difficult it would be to bring Brighton winger Anthony Knockaert to Newcastle, that he hadn’t exactly given up on signing the 24 year-old French winger.

Benitez was talking about how difficult it would be to persuade Chris Hughton’s Brighton – a promotion favorite much like Newcastle – to sell the Magpies one of their best players.

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24 year-old Anthony Knockaert – Brighton winger

This is what Rafa said last Thursday when talking about Knockaert:

“We know that will not be easy. We are rivals and I think it will be tough to convince them.”

“Normally you try and, if you cannot, you have to move on and start thinking about other targets.”

“We will see, but I think it will be difficult.”

It’s the “normally ….. you move on”   bit that’s interesting.

Maybe these are not normal times for Newcastle and apparently Anthony is keen to come to Tyneside, so maybe an improved bid could persuade Brighton to sell?

The Chronicle are reporting it’s a possibility that Newcastle may go back in with another bid for the talented French winger.

Newcastle are said to be willing to go up to £10M for a player who cost Brighton £2.5M when he signed on from Standard Liege in January.

But the problem has been that Seagulls chairman Tony Bloom and manager Chris Hughton do not want to sell any of their best players from last season as they mount another promotion challenge this season.

Knockaert scored 5 goals in 16 appearances for Brighton last season and he was a Newcastle target when he was still at Guingamp back in 2012.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • Mag52

    Aug 12, 2016 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #1

    If Hoots wants to hold on to Knockaert you can’t blame him.
    He was a big player in their push for promotion last season.

  • Spoof

    Aug 12, 2016 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #2

    He would be a godsend, it’s often said that wingers can play on either wing, as true as that may be certain wingers do have a preference, Townsend started as a left winger for McClaren and to be frank he was shyte, but when he was moved to the right then he was great, I know that we haven’t seen as much of Aarons as we should of but from what we have seen he is the opposite of Townsend as he looks great on the left but on the odd occasion that the wingers have swapped and he is onthe right then again he has been shyte, it’s the same with Ritchie, he has got to be played on the right so with Aarons we have a good pairing.

    But we need more than two wingers and if you look at Knockeart’s record for last season he played half of the season for Brighton on the right where he was really good, but if you look at his record for Leige he only ever played on the left where he was equally as good as he was for Brighton, very rarely you do get a winger who is an opponents nightmare whichever wing he is on and Knockeart is one of those wingers, look at his record for last season.

  • BandB

    Aug 12, 2016 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #3

    Isn’t Rafa simply saying he doesn’t think they are going to sell and any normal club would move on to another target?

  • Jib

    Aug 12, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m somewhat confoozled
    The only true “lefties” are Aarons and Gouffran yet AK is another predominantly right sider !

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 12, 2016 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #5

    Hard to see this happening. The prem money is worth more than the 10 or 11 mill we give them. On another note, if we get this guy and others rafa has zero excuses if he doesn’t rip this league apart.


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