Birmingham City could be about to sign former Nottingham Forest loanee Anthony Knockaert, according to Birmingham Live.
The Blues want the Fulham star to try and kick-start their season after a pretty wretched run of form.
Knockaert is now 30-years-old. This season has been a struggle though and he’s managed just 20 minutes of football in the Championship.
He’s at the age where he needs to play and Birmingham are in desperate need of reinforcements.
Birmingham have sizeable issues with their owners and boss Lee Bowyer finds his hands tied somewhat when it comes to attracting players.
Knockaert would likely jump at the chance to play regular football again.
He was handed that chance last season as Chris Hughton decided to get the band back together when he arrived at Forest.
Knockaert made 35 appearances for Forest, scoring three goals and claiming two assists in a struggling team.
It was never likely that Hughton would sign him permanently. Fulham were demanding crazy money and his £35,000-a-week salary made any deal a non-starter.
Knockaert did flatter to deceive a lot at Forest. It didn’t really work out for him and he looks pretty rusty from the off.
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If the experienced player was going to pull up any trees in the second tier, he’d be playing more often for Fulham.
That hasn’t happened though and he’s way out of the picture under Marco Silva.
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Forest have added Philip Zinckernagel instead, with Brennan Johnson forming an integral part of the team during 2021/22.
Those two have both been in fine form and are regulars in the team under Steve Cooper.
They’ve both combined to mean that Forest haven’t missed Knockaert in the Reds attack and it’ll be interesting to see whether a move to Birmingham transpires.