Newcastle’s Opportunity To Sign Top Senegal Central Midfielder

Newcastle are said to be interested in West Ham’s central midfielder Mohamed (Mo) Diame, who could be leaving the east London club this summer.

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Mo Diame – West Ham’s experienced central midfielder

Apparently the 26 year-old Senegal International has already said he wants to leave the club in the summer, but he wants to join a top six club and at the time he said Liverpool were interested in him.

Diame signed a three-year deal at the Hammers in the summer of 2012, so the contract still has one year to run, but maybe he will come at a knockdown price, and Newcastle are in the market for central midfielders, and are always interested in good deals.

And it so happens that the Mirror report points out that he has a £3.5M buyout clause in his contract.

But if Liverpool are really interested in the player Newcastle wouldn’t stand much of a chance, although we suppose we were a top six club two years ago – if that counts? 😀

This is what the France-born midfielder had said about a possible Liverpool move:

“Liverpool? I can’t tell you if I will be a Liverpool player next season.”  “But I think my name is still on their wanted list.”

“I don’t hide it, I’m ambitious and I want to join a top-six side. I am 26 years old and it’s time to take that step.”

That sounds to us a little like self-promotion – let’s rephrase that – it sounds a lot like self-promotion, so if Liverpool are not interested maybe the Magpies would have a chance of getting the 19 times capped Senegal International.

Diame joined Wigan in 2009, and in his three years there, he played 103 game with 7 goals, and at West Ham in the last two seasons, he has 75 appearances with 7 goals, so he’s an experienced Premier League player, who played 41 times with four goals for the Hammers last season.

But a stumbling block could be his massive wages of £80K/week, and he wouldn’t get that at Newcastle, that’s for sure.

West Ham may want to cash in this summer on their midfielder, rather than lose him for nothing in a year’s time,  when he would become a free agent, and of course they’d also save around £4M on his wages alone.

And having been born in France, he would fit in very quickly at Newcastle.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • lesh

    May 20, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Now if Diame were to squint at the table, he might just see us in the top six.


  • OhSholaAmeobi

    May 20, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #2

    He’s average.

  • lesh

    May 20, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #3

    Or not…


  • jimmysmith

    May 20, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #4

    Diame won’t get 80 000 quid a week at Newcastle. That’s not a stumbling block. It means he won’t be coming. Newcastle have their self imposed limits on wages and that means we don’t get experienced young EPL players with ambitions that we clearly won’t match. Fair enough in many ways, it’s surely no good just throwing money at it only to get players of questionable merit, but acquiring the quality to push on to challenge 6-7 the looks a tall order under Ashley and Pardew. Maybe 8th.

  • toonicle

    May 20, 2014 at 2:56 AM

    Comment #5

    80k a week? Ok so that’s him off the list, who’s next?

  • magicbus

    May 20, 2014 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #6

    No chance.
    a We are not a top 6 club
    b We would not pay that amount in wages

    One that “ did not get over the line “

  • The next Mike Williamson

    May 20, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #7

    Not many teams would pay him 80,000 a week. He’s not good enough.


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