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Domino effect: Brighton target could open the door for West Brom to move on Knockaert

Domino effect: Brighton target could open the door for West Brom to move on Knockaert

According to The Argus, Brighton and Hove Albion are on the hunt for a winger this summer, with AZ Alkmaar’s Alireza Jahanbakhsh thought to be their preferred target.

Jahanbakhsh, who is valued at £16.2 million by Transfermarkt, would be a major coup for Chris Hughton’s squad. Having enjoyed a fine campaign last time out, during which the 24-year-old scored 21 goals and made 12 assists in the league, it may now be time for the Iranian international to move on from the Eredivisie.

If the winger were to arrive at the AMEX Stadium this summer, then that would perhaps necessitate one of the Seagull’s current wide players being moved on.

Solly March has just signed a new contract with the club, making it unlikely to be him; whilst Jose Izquierdo’s performances last season make him vital to the club.

That leaves Anthony Knockaert as potentially the most likely contender to depart in order to make room for Jahanbakhsh’s arrival.

If Knockaert is forced out this summer, then he will surely find plenty of suitors from the Championship.

West Brom would do well to make themselves the most attractive destination to the Frenchman.

The Breakdown

The Baggies have already endured a summer full of player departures following their relegation from the Premier League, and their squad is in dire need of reinvigoration. So too is Anthony Knockaert himself. 

The 26-year-old couldn’t reproduce his Championship form in the Premier League last season, managing only 3 goals and 1 assist in the top flight, compared with the 15 goals and 9 assists he racked up in the second tier in the previous campaign.

A return to Championship level could see Knockaert get back to his best, and a player of that calibre could do wonders for Darren Moore’s West Brom squad.

Knockaert has the potential to light up the Hawthorns. If he finds this summer that he is surplus to requirements in Chris Hughton’s plans, then the Baggies have to be ready to capitalise on that scenario.

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