Is it possible to say:

Nobody seems to know the man closer.

I am not sure about the expression "to know someone closer".

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    Can you give us more context on the meaning? It's not idiomatic as far as I know..there may be a better way to say it. – Werrf Apr 24 '17 at 15:59
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    Either you need to speak about knowing the man better or to continue with a phrase such as: Nobody seems to know the man (standing) closer to the door. – Ronald Sole Apr 24 '17 at 16:27
  • I think I need to use the word "better" because the sentence is concerning relationship. – lotihoti Apr 26 '17 at 5:59

Instead of "closer", use "better". While closeness can be used to describe the strength of a relationship (e.g. "Nobody seems to be closer to the man"), knowledge of someone is usually qualified with "better":

Nobody seems to know the man better.

It might also help to introduce the word "any", if you want to convey the meaning that someone knows the man to a little extent, but not very well.

Nobody seems to know the man any better.

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    Using "better" instead of "closer" now sounds more idiomatic to me. The text in which it appeared was from someone who maybe translated word by word from his mother tongue. – lotihoti Apr 26 '17 at 5:55

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