Date: 7th January 2016 at 6:47pm
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Sky Sports had reported earlier today Anthony Knockaert was of interest to Brighton with him close to completing a move to the Amex Stadium with his present club saying a deal had been agreed.

Knockaert left Leicester to sign for Standard Liege last summer on a free with the reports saying he was discussing personal terms with a deal completed once he passed a medical with Chris Hughton then confirming an interest.

Hughton spoke positively of the 24-year-old telling the Argus he was a player he ‘very much liked’ with his experience in England a bonus, having been a key member of the Leicester side promoted from the Championship a couple of years back.

‘Certainly there has been an interest in him, that’s something I would admit. He’s a player that I very much like. He’s a player that has got very good experience in England of the Championship in a very good side. You always look at foreign players coming to England who are able to adapt and he had a very good grounding at Leicester. There is no doubt he is an offensive player, somebody who can score goals and somebody that can assist.’

Reports from Belgium, which the Argus referred too, were saying an initial offer of £1.7m was improved to £2.6m was enough to convinced the Belgian clun to sell with him having flown to England to undergo the final stages of this deal, which is now done as it’s been confirmed on the Official Website with him signing a three-and-a-half year deal.

Hughton, following his arrival, said.

‘Once I knew that there was a possibility that Anthony was available, he was somebody I was interested in bringing to the club for a number of reasons. He is a different type of player to the wide players we have here; he can play in three positions, on the left, off the front man, but predominantly in his previous time here in England he played on the right side. He is a very good technical, offensive player, and has experience of playing in the Championship, in a team who played a 4-4-2 system, and he is used to having a responsibility in the wide areas – but mostly it is what he can bring us offensively in terms of goals and assists.’

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