Nottingham Forest tried to sign Anthony Knockaert during the summer, according to Football League World. Furthermore, it is claimed that Celtic were keen, with QPR boss Mark Warburton also expressing an interest.
The versatile forward spent the 2020/21 campaign on loan at the City Ground. He scored three goals and claimed two assists during 35 appearances for the Reds.
Knockaert is a trusted player of Chris Hughton’s. He spent time playing for the recently departed Forest boss. He fired 27 goals and 25 assists during 139 outings for Brighton, helping the club into the Premier League.
The Fulham man is way down the pecking order at Craven Cottage. He has played just 90 minutes all season, with his one outing coming in the Carabao Cup against Birmingham.
It’s Knockaert’s excessive wage that proved the stumbling block for the interested parties. Forest, Celtic and QPR were all thwarted with the £35,000-a-week wage demands.
At 29, Knockaert wouldn’t have been a long term solution. With Brennan Johnson and Alex Mighten also at the club, the Frenchman may have stifled their progress.
Were Forest right to decline the chance to sign Knockaert?
You have to say that looking at the bigger picture means they probably were. Johnson is already making a strong case to suggest that he’s a better option to the team in one of the wide positions.
Knockaert was perhaps a little bit unfortunate at Forest. With a more ruthless centre-forward leading the line, he may have earned himself a few more assists.
Another loan would maybe have been ideal, although Philip Zinckernagel is also on a temporary deal and has made a strong start.
Knockaert wouldn’t have been a signing to fit with Dane Murphy’s mantra for signing players on permanent deals. As a result, Forest may have dodged a bullet by not signing Knockaert.