Anthony Knockaert responds to Newcastle United interest

Anthony Knockaert of Brighton and Hove Albion celebrates after scoring their fourth goal

The Brighton and Hove Albion star has been targeted by the Magpies.

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

Brighton and Hove Albion star Anthony Knockaert has insisted to the Argus he is happy at the club amid reports of interest from Newcastle United.

The Magpies are thought to be keen on winger this summer as Rafa Benitez continues to rebuild his squad.

They have already seen a bid rejected, according to the Argus, but could return with another offer before the end of the transfer window, according to the Chronicle.

Brighton’s Anthony Knockaert and Fulham’s Emerson Hyndman in actionBrighton’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 goalAnthony 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 dejectedBrighton’s Anthony Knockaert looks dejected

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