Fulham have made an approach for Brighton and Hove Albion winger Anthony Knockaert, according to reports on the south coast.
The Londoners have yet to make a firm offer for the 27 year-old, although other reports have put the price of a potential deal at around £15m. It is certain that Fulham would have pay a substantial fee to secure Knockaert’s signature – given that the winger still has three years to run on his current Brighton contract. Fulham see the former Leicester wide man as a proven performer in the Championship, who helped both the Foxes and Albion win promotion from the second tier, and believe they could tempt him to move to the capital by putting together an attractive contractual package.
Knockaert, who has struggled to replicate his outstanding Championship displays in the Premier League for the Seagulls, could be squeezed out of Brighton’s first-team picture under new boss Graham Potter as Albion now have five first-team wingers on their books. He has scored five goals in 63 appearances over the past two seasons in the top flight and was sent off for a shocking tackle in a home thumping by Bournemouth as Brighton’s relegation fears grew under Chris Hughton.
Knockaert, who famously missed a penalty in Leicester’s play-off semi final defeat at Watford in 2013, scored five goals in 42 appearances as the Foxes won promotion the following season. He scored fifteen goals as Brighton went up in 2016/2017 and was voted the Championship player of the season.