Fulham have rejected an offer from Nottingham Forest for winger Anthony Knockaert, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.
The French winger, 28, completed a permanent move to the west London outfit in July for a fee of £10.5-11million after a season on loan.
That has not discouraged new Forest boss Chris Hughton, who managed Knockaert while he was at Brighton.
A Fulham source has told Football Insider that Forest’s offer to take Knockaert on loan for the season has been rejected.
It is a blow to Hughton, who believes the French winger has the ability to add a new dimension to his side’s attack.
He made a huge impact during his three seasons at Brighton, where he scored 27 goals and supplied 25 assists in 139 matches.
Knockaert did enough during his season on loan at Craven Cottage to secure a permanent move in July on a four-year contract.
But he has not had a single minute of Premier League action in the new campaign for the division’s bottom club.
The former France Under-21 international’s only involvement has come in the EFL Cup.
He started all three of Fulham’s matches in the competition before their hopes of a fifth-round berth were ended by 3-0 derby defeat to Championship side Brentford.
Knockaert, who also played for Leicester City for three years after first joining them at the age of 20, has a far more impressive record in the second tier than he does in the Premier League.
In other news, Fulham are in advanced talks to sign £18million star.