French forward claims Newcastle interest


Guingamp forward Anthony Knockaert has revealed Newcastle are in talks with his agent to take him to the Sports Direct Arena during the January transfer window.


Newcastle announced a £10 million deal for Bordeaux striker Papiss Demba Cisse last week, after manager Alan Pardew previously insisted his hunt for a new forward was over after a move for Sochaux’s Modibo Maiga collapsed.


Now, after the arrival of Cisse, the highly-rated Knockaert, who has been linked with a move to the North East for some time, revealed that his agent was holding talks with the club over a potential switch.


"They are in touch with my agent,” he told FootMercato. “Now, I take care of my own work and nothing else.


"My agent does not put all that in my mind so I can continue to work in the best way.


"I do my job, many young people take it too seriously."


French Ligue 2 outfit Guingamp counts Dider Drogba and Florent Malouda among its former players that have gone on to excel in the Barclays Premier League.


Knockaert admitted that he is ‘flattered’ by Newcastle’s interest, adding that he would love to follow in the footsteps of his illustrious predecessors.


"Yes, sure it's flattering," he commented. “But I will not give up until one day I am at the highest level. But now I work for the team.


"I always look to such examples (as Drogba and Malouda), it helps me move forward.”


Pardew revealed today (Monday) that his top priority for the remaining eight days of the transfer window is to secure defensive cover for the injured Steven Taylor, but could still be tempted to recruit another striker having sent scouts to watch the 20-year-old play earlier this season.

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