Report claims Brighton’s response to Newcastle’s bid for Knockaert

Brighton’s Anthony Knockaert looks dejected

Newcastle United are reportedly interested in signing Anthony Knockaert from Brighton & Hove Albion in the summer transfer window.

Brighton’s Anthony Knockaert looks dejected

Brighton & Hove Albion have turned down a bid for Anthony Knockaert from Championship rivals Newcastle United, according to The Argus.

It has been reported by the British newspaper that Newcastle made a substantial bid for Knockaert.

However, according to the report, Brighton have firmly rejected that offer from the Magpies.

Brighton's Anthony Knockaert reacts before going off injured

“The Argus understands Newcastle are prepared to pay between £6 million and £10 million for ex-Leicester wide man Knockaert, who returned to English football with the Seagulls from Belgian club Standard Liege in January for around £2.6 million,” adds the report in The Argus.

Brighton signed Knockaert from Belgian club Standard Liege in the January transfer window.

The former Leicester City winger was an instant hit for the Seagulls and helped them finish in the Championship playoffs last season.

Brighton's Anthony Knockaert reacts before going off injured

The 24-year-old scored five goals and created 29 chances in 20 Championship appearances for Brighton during the 2015-16 campaign.

Knockaert had a pass accuracy of 80% and a shot accuracy of 55%, and won eight headers, 31 dribbles and 27 tackles.

Newcastle will feature in the Championship next season after getting relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2015-16 campaign.

The Magpies have been quite busy in the summer transfer window so far, signing Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie, Isaac Hayden and Grant Hanley among others.

Brighton’s Anthony Knockaert and Fulham’s Emerson Hyndman in action

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