Exclusive: Fulham respond to Nottingham Forest offer for Knockaert
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.
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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.