Rafael Benitez updates on Newcastle United's chase of Anthony Knockaert

Brighton’s Anthony Knockaert looks dejected

Newcastle United have already had one offer turned down for Brighton & Hove Albion winger Anthony Knockaert.

Brighton’s Anthony Knockaert looks dejected

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has been quoted by The Argus suggesting that he is not optimistic about getting a deal over the line to sign Anthony Knockaert from Brighton & Hove Albion.

Knockaert has been targeted by Newcastle, as they look to add new players before the season starts.

The Magpies have already had one offered turned down for the skilful winger.

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

And Benitez said: “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.”

Knockaert is considered one of Brighton’s star players, and he is valued highly by the south coast club.

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

The former Leicester City man only arrived at the AMEX Stadium last January, but he has made a big impression in a short amount of time.

Newcastle may be finding it difficult to complete a transfer, but Rafael Benitez has got almost every other target he has wanted this summer.

Newcastle have made seven signing so far this transfer window, with Ciaran Clark and Mo Diame the latest to sign up at St. James’ Park.

Brighton's Anthony Knockaert reacts before going off injured

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