Brighton's Anthony Knockaert in action with Sheffield Wednesday's Ross Wallace
The Magpies are thought to be keen on winger this summer as Rafa Benitez continues to rebuild his squad.
Brighton’s Anthony Knockaert and Fulham’s Emerson Hyndman in action
He showed why he is in demand on Friday as he played a key role in Brighton’s comfortable 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest at the Amex Stadium.
And when asked about his future, he insisted that he is happy and has not been distracted by the rumours.
“I feel very happy here, so if I need to stay I will stay. I love the club and they’ve been brilliant with me since I’ve been here,” he told the Argus.
“I am totally focused with the team and I have been all the time. There is no way the Newcastle bid distracted me. I love this team.”
Anthony Knockaert of Brighton and Hove Albion celebrates after scoring their fourth goal
Knockaert’s future is likely to rest on what happens with Moussa Sissoko this summer.
The French star is expected to leave at some point but so far a move has not materialised, likely because of the Magpies' high asking price.
Should he not end up leaving, then Newcastle’s need for a winger will not be as pressing and their current interest in Knockaert will likely decrease.
Brighton’s Anthony Knockaert looks dejected