Brighton & Hove Albion are closing in on the signing of Standard Liege playmaker Anthony Knockaert. The Belgian club confirmed on their official website that the Frenchman is heading to England to complete the transfer.

An agreement has been reached between the two clubs and in the next few days Knockaert should complete his official return to English football. Leicester City fans will certainly remember the skilful attacker after his spell with the Foxes between August 2012 and July 2015. His penalty miss in the 2013 Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg to Watford was part of one of the best phases of play in Football League history, with Troy Deeney going down the other end and instantly scoring.

He has impressed in an inconsistent Standard Liege side this season. After a slow start, they began picking up results again, mainly thanks to the creativity and end product that Knockaert can produce. He is capable of playing down the flanks or in a number ten role. Considering Brighton play in a 4-4-2, he’ll more than likely play down the sides. Considering the injury to Solley March, Knockaert joins at a perfect time.

It is believed that the transfer is very much a formality and it could go through in time for the player to feature this weekend in the FA Cup, and make his Seagulls debut. Brighton make the trip to the KC Stadium to take on Championship rivals Hull City in the cup.

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