Guingamp forward Anthony Knockaert claims that his agent is in talks with Newcastle United ahead of a proposed transfer from Ligue 1.
The 20-year-old has been linked with Newcastle for a number of months now and interest was first claimed back in the summer although nothing came of it in the end.
Whether Newcastle are chasing another attacking player after the arrival of Papiss Demba Cisse from Freiburg last week remains to be seen, although at just 20 years old and able to play in a number of positions he could easily be one for the future or an option to bulk up our squad.
When asked about Newcastle’s interest, he told FootMercato: “They are in touch with my agent. Now, I take care of my own work and nothing else.”
“My agent does not put all that in my mind so I can continue to work in the best way. I do my job, many young people take it too seriously.”
He also admitted that he is flattered to be linked with Newcastle United.
“Yes, sure it’s flattering,” he continued. “But I will not give up until one day I am at the highest level. But now I work for the team.”
Knockaert is a French youth international who has made 25 appearances for Guingamp this season scoring two goals in the process. As mentioned before he can play in a number of positions is primarily used as a striker or a winger.
The player would seem to fit our transfer blueprint – young with potential – although I very much doubt that there is anything behind it. To me this sounds as though it’s our name being used for one thing or another but I guess we’ll have to wait and see.