Brighton fans react on Twitter as Newcastle fail with £6m bid for Anthony Knockaert

Brighton's Anthony Knockaert in action with Sheffield Wednesday's Ross Wallace

Brighton and Hove Albion have reportedly rejected a bid from Newcastle United for winger Anthony Knockaert.

Brighton's Anthony Knockaert in action with Sheffield Wednesday's Ross WallaceBrighton's Anthony Knockaert in action with Sheffield Wednesday's Ross Wallace

According to the Daily Mail, Newcastle United have failed with a £6m bid to sign Brighton and Hove Albion winger Anthony Knockaert.

The Magpies may have already added a new winger in Matt Ritchie, but manager Rafael Benitez appears keen to add another wide man following Georginio Wijnaldum's departure to Liverpool.

Brighton’s Anthony Knockaert looks dejectedBrighton’s Anthony Knockaert looks dejected

Benitez's first choice seems to be French star Knockaert, who has now proven himself as a top Championship star during spells with Leicester City.

Knockaert, 24, hit 16 goals in 95 games for Leicester City before heading to Belgium with Standard Liege, but after just seven months there - which saw him score seven goals - he headed back to England to join Brighton.

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

Having played a key part in Brighton's run to the play-offs, Knockaert has again established himself as one of the Football League's top stars, notching five goals and six assists in just 21 games.

Now, Newcastle are attempting to splash big cash on the left-footed winger, but have so far failed to tempt Brighton into selling their star man.

Brighton's Anthony Knockaert reacts before going off injured

Since the news emerged, Brighton fans have been taking to Twitter to give their views on Newcastle's pursuit of Knockaert, with many suggesting that he's worth £15m in the current market - more than twice what Newcastle have offered.

Others suggested that chairman Tony Bloom won't sell Knockaert easily, but some were concerned that Newcastle will return with another huge offer due to the huge budget available to manager Benitez.









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