Brighton will have Anthony Knockaert available as they prepare to take on Newcastle this weekend.

The winger has sat out the past three games due to suspension, picking up a ridiculous red card for an out of control and needless challenge against Bournemouth.

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The red card ruined the Seagulls’ chances of a comeback, going on to lose 5-0.

But his suspension is over and Knockaert is available for selection against the club he could’ve signed for in 2016.

Newcastle wanted to sign Knockaert ahead of Championship campaign

According to the Argus, the Magpies had a ‘substantial’ bid turned down for Knockaert in 2016. The report states that Newcastle were willing to pay between £6million and £10million.

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At the time, he was one of the best players in the Championship so it was no surprise that we were linked. Rafa Benitez was assembling a squad capable of winning the division, bringing in big names such as Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie.

Knockaert didn’t make the move north, but his season still ended with promotion. However, this season could see Brighton return to the Championship.

The Frenchman’s actions against Bournemouth certainly didn’t help matters, epitomising the slide they have been on in 2019.

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While our Premier League safety has been confirmed, Brighton are on the brink. Depending on what happens to Cardiff on Saturday, Chris Hughton’s side could be desperate for a win come Saturday evening.

In the past, Knockaert has been their source of inspiration. He has a huge point to prove on Saturday against the team he could have signed for three years ago.

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