Newcastle United news: Benitez targets Championship winger, Tiote and Thauvin latest

Anthony Knockaert

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Newcastle United are targeting Brighton and Hove Albion winger Anthony Knockaert.

The club has had a bid for the 24-year-old turned down by their Championship rivals.

United manager Rafa Benitez is keen to add another winger to his squad ahead of the new season.

And the club has had what has been described as a "substantial" bid for Knockaert turned down.

Newcastle are expected to improve on their offer for Knockaert.

In other transfer news, unsettled pair Cheick Tiote and Florian Thauvin have been left in limbo at St James's Park after bids for them from Al Jazira Club and Lazio respectively were turned down.

Meanwhile, summer signing Isaac Hayden has been talking about the influence Benitez has already had on him at United.

Finally, Alan Shearer became the world's most expensive footballer 20 years ago today when he joined United in a £15million deal