Fulham have completed the season-long loan signing of Anthony Knockaert from Brighton and Hove Albion, the club confirmed this evening.
The deal for the French winger includes an option to make the move permanent at the end of the season, widely reported to be worth around £10m. Knockaert had found himself squeezed out of the first team picture on the south coast with Albion boss Graham Potter tweaking Brighton’s preferred system and having a number of other options to choose from. The 27 year-old, who has twice been promoted from the Championship, has decided to move to Craven Cottage for the possibility of regular first-team football.
Knockaert, who won promotion from the Championship with Leicester City and Brighton, has scored 33 goals in three-and-a-half seasons in the English second tier. The long-term Fulham target’s last goal for Brighton was a stunning strike at rivals Crystal Palace as Chris Hughton’s side battled to stay in the Premier League. The tricky winger scored 27 goals in 159 goals in three years at the AMEX Stadium.
Knockaert told Fulham’s official website:
It feels amazing to be here. I feel really welcome already. It just feels great to get this done and for me to be a Fulham player. I can’t wait to get started and obviously help the club achieve it’s goal.
The goal is to get back to the Premier League where Fulham belongs. I have come here with the clear intention to get promoted and I want to help in any way that I can.
Knockaert is Fulham’s third signing of the summer following former Wolves winger Ivan Cavaleiro and ex-Chelsea youth team forward Martell Taylor-Crossdale to Craven Cottage.