Nottingham Forest are set to finally end their quest to sign a winger with the addition of Fulham flyer Anthony Knockaert, according to reports.
It had been claimed earlier this week that the Cottagers had rejected an opening attempt from Forest to sign the Frenchman.
Now, it seems as though a deal will take place before the domestic deadline, with Chris Hughton reuniting with a player he knows extremely well.
During the 2016/17 campaign, the 28-year-old scored 15 goals and registered nine assists as Brighton won promotion to the Premier League.
A proven Championship performer, Knockaert will undoubtedly complement Forest’s current wingers, with Joe Lolley, Sammy Ameobi and Alex Mighten all vying for a place.
The Reds must arrest a run of form that has seen them lose seven games on the spin stretching back to last season.
Hughton hinted at a couple of signings when he checked in on Trentside and it remains to be seen if anyone will follow Knockaert.
Knockaert helped Fulham to promotion last season but hasn’t featured in any of the first four Premier League fixtures.
The Cottagers only paid Brighton £10.5 million to secure his services on a permanent basis in the summer, as part of a mandatory agreement of last season’s loan.
Forest travel to Blackburn this weekend for Hughton’s first game and Knockaert will need to be registered by midday on Friday in order to be eligible.
The former France under-20 international has an injection of pace, is direct and is capable of taking players on with an abundance of tricks.
Forest have added 13 new players so far this summer and Knockaert now looks set to be the latest new recruit.
Having undergone a squad rebuilding process, it’s important for Hughton to now get a settled team assembled and work on improving the club’s fortunes.