Newcastle United have been handed a huge boost in their hopes of signing Anthony Knockaert, according to reports from the Chronicle.
Despite strengthening the Newcastle United attack with the big money signings of Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie this summer, manager Rafael Benitez is still in the market to bring in a new offensive player to St. James’ Park and it has been reported recently that the Spaniard is currently eyeing up a swoop for Anthony Knockaert.
According to reports from Sky Sports, Newcastle had already placed a bid for Knockaert a couple of days ago but it was immediately rejected by Brighton and Hove Albion.
It is expected that Newcastle will be returning with an improved offer for Knockaert and the Shields Gazette have gone on to state that the Magpies will need to splash as much as £10 million in order to lure the Frenchman away from Brighton.
It remains to be seen if Newcastle will match Brighton’s asking price for Knockaert but as a huge boost to their hopes of completing the deal, the 24-year-old is said to be very keen on joining the Tyneside based outfit – according to reports from the Chronicle.