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Newcastle In Surprise Bid For Powerful Midfielder

8:11 am, Monday, August 1st, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 19 Comments

The Chronicle are reporting that sources in Hull have told them that Newcastle have made a surprise bid for 29 year-old Hull City midfielder Mohamed Diame.

It looks like he’s the one who will likely replace Moussa Sissoko, who is almost certain to leave the club in the next week or two.

Newcastle need a powerful player to replace Moussa and it looks like Rafa Benitez has pinpointed the 32 times capped Senegal International as that player – and certainly he has seven years experience of playing in England.

Mohamed Diamé

Mohamed Diame – Hull City midfielder

The player is said to have a release clause in his Hull contract, said to be for £3M, so if Newcastle meet that fee they can talk to the player and potentially arrange a deal and there;s not much Hull can do about it.

It’s similar to how Newcastle were powerless to stop Andros Townsend leaving the club in late June in his move to Crystal Palace.

The other good news is that Diame is said to be keen to join Newcastle and with just one year left on his contract Hull will be inclined to sell so they don’t lose him next summer as a free agent.

Diame will provide some experience in the Newcastle team.

Mohamed has previously played for both Wigan Athletic and West Ham United so he has played  a number of years for Steve Bruce, who surprisingly resigned as manager of Hull early last week.

Diame moved to Wigan in 2009 from Madrid-based Segundo club Rayo Vallecano and he was there for three years before moving to West Ham in the summer of 2012.

The French-born midfielder then moved to Hull City two years ago on a three year contract and played 57 games for the Tigers with 14 goals.

At that time Hull activated a release in his contract said to be for £3.5M.

Diame was born in the Paris suburb of Creteil and he  qualifies to play for Senegal because his father was born in Dakar.

Mo made his debut for Senegal back in March 2011 and was also one of three over-age players in Senegal’s squad for the 2012 Olympics in London.

He would be a very good acquisition for Newcastle with his powerful play and don’t be surprised if he comes in before Moussa Sissoko leaves Newcastle.

It seems Rafa is keen to replace players before allowing them to move away from Newcastle to safeguard the squad.

That’s sensible and it puts the squad above any money we get – a refreshing change on Tyneside.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target




19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Oleg G // Aug 1, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    I think that it’s not bad at all.
    Hope we can get more players in.

    We have to bring at least 3-4 more players (specially if Tauvin, Sissoko and Tiote will leave).

    We need 1 player at least in every part of the field.
    A defender, a midfielder/winger, a striker.

    To make the team really strong, 5-6 players are needed, but that won’t happen. At least not now. Maybe more will come in next window.

    But at least get a winger or a creative midfielder and another defender. I would go for that. But maybe another striker is needed, I don’t know what Rafa’s plans are.

    We have Gayle, Mitro, Perez and Armstrong as strikers.
    Gouffran and Rivière aren’t really good.

    If I would have to decide on one, I would look for a creative midfilder. This is where I would put the money.

    A winger and a defender (LB) is next.

    A striker is the 4th in that order.

  • 2 nico // Aug 1, 2016 at 8:30 AM

    Final League Position – 1st
    Final no. of points – 102
    League Cup round – Q-F
    FA Cup round – 4th
    Player of the Season (Blog) – Ritchie
    Top goal scorer (TGS) – Gayle
    No. of goals for TGS – 24

    Cheers Martoon

  • 3 bosamuelson // Aug 1, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    Here we go…
    Final League Position: 1st
    Final no. of points: 105
    League Cup round: 3rd
    FA Cup round: Quarters
    Player of the Season (Blog): Lacelles
    Top goal scorer (TGS): Mitro
    No. of goals for TGS: 21

    Thanks Martoon for organising this again. Good fun. I think I was last last season ?.

  • 4 outside the box // Aug 1, 2016 at 8:41 AM

    martoon
    final post …1st
    number pts 93
    league cup 5th round
    fa cup 5th round
    tgs gayle
    number of goals 22
    cheers

  • 5 Jail for Ashley // Aug 1, 2016 at 8:41 AM

    I think we desperately need a LB, Sissoko replacement and Knockeart. I think when you look at the bigger picture 12M for Ross Mcormack is worth taking a punt on. If he was 26 it would be a no brainer. Man U spent 30M on a 29 year old Van Persie and he won them the league.

  • 6 funlovingexpress // Aug 1, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    Final League Position – 1st
    Final no. of points – 107
    League Cup round – 3rd
    FA Cup round – QF
    Player of the Season (Blog) – Gayle
    Top goal scorer (TGS) – Gayle
    No. of goals for TGS – 34

    Cheers Martoon

  • 7 Munster Mag // Aug 1, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    Jail good point. Mccormack to norwich dents our chances. Btw i love rafa! Did u see sunday times article? V good. Diame wud be a super signing. We need a left winger but am not sure we will get more than two players.

  • 8 Munster Mag // Aug 1, 2016 at 8:54 AM

    Toon derby norwich will be best teams. Why have no prem teams come in for robbie brady or the irish midf at derby?

  • 9 expatmag // Aug 1, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    Munster

    We have 2 left qingers already. Why do we need another one?

  • 10 expatmag // Aug 1, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    Wingers

  • 11 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Aug 1, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    Final League Position – 1st
    Final no. of points – 111
    League Cup round – 5th R
    FA Cup round – QF
    Player of the Season (Blog) – Ritchie
    Top goal scorer (TGS) – Gayle
    No. of goals for TGS~25
    Thanks Martoon for organising this

  • 12 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 1, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    Martoon….

    Final League Position – 1st
    Final no. of points – 99
    League Cup round – Q-F
    FA Cup round – 4th
    Player of the Season (Blog) – Perez
    Top goal scorer (TGS) – Gayle
    No. of goals for TGS – 23

    Copy pasted from nico and altered a couple of things (Thanks, nico)

  • 13 Jail for Ashley // Aug 1, 2016 at 8:57 AM

    Munster no I didn’t any links

  • 14 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 1, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    I like the look of this signing. It’s just about like-for-like but with (hopefully) the added advantage thet he’ll want to be here.

  • 15 Oleg G // Aug 1, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    I think those who think we will get more than 100 points are very very optimistic. It is not easy at all to get there.
    Somewhere in the are of 93-98 points is more likely.
    If we will get 111 or 107 as some said, that means we have a monster team. Right now we don’t.

    Collected some of the answers.

    YouCouldn’tMakeItUp // Aug 1, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    Martoon….

    Final League Position – 1st
    Final no. of points – 99
    League Cup round – Q-F
    FA Cup round – 4th
    Player of the Season (Blog) – Perez
    Top goal scorer (TGS) – Gayle
    No. of goals for TGS – 23

    Copy pasted from nico and altered a couple of things (Thanks, nico)

    ROSHAN MAGPIE // Aug 1, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    Final League Position – 1st
    Final no. of points – 111
    League Cup round – 5th R
    FA Cup round – QF
    Player of the Season (Blog) – Ritchie
    Top goal scorer (TGS) – Gayle
    No. of goals for TGS~25
    Thanks Martoon for organising this

    funlovingexpress // Aug 1, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    Final League Position – 1st
    Final no. of points – 107
    League Cup round – 3rd
    FA Cup round – QF
    Player of the Season (Blog) – Gayle
    Top goal scorer (TGS) – Gayle
    No. of goals for TGS – 34

    outside the box // Aug 1, 2016 at 8:41 AM

    martoon
    final post …1st
    number pts 93
    league cup 5th round
    fa cup 5th round
    tgs gayle
    number of goals 22
    cheers

    bosamuelson // Aug 1, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    Here we go…
    Final League Position: 1st
    Final no. of points: 105
    League Cup round: 3rd
    FA Cup round: Quarters
    Player of the Season (Blog): Lacelles
    Top goal scorer (TGS): Mitro
    No. of goals for TGS: 21

    Thanks Martoon for organising this again. Good fun. I think I was last last season ?.

    nico // Aug 1, 2016 at 8:30 AM

    Final League Position – 1st
    Final no. of points – 102
    League Cup round – Q-F
    FA Cup round – 4th
    Player of the Season (Blog) – Ritchie
    Top goal scorer (TGS) – Gayle
    No. of goals for TGS – 24

    Cheers Martoon

  • 16 martoon // Aug 1, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    bosamuelson – No problem, just had a quick look at last year you predicted 7th with 61 points so you were not bottom as some had us in Europe around the 70 points mark – we know better now 🙂

  • 17 martoon // Aug 1, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    outside the box – you’re missing a player of the season!

  • 18 Laurent Robert The Legend // Aug 1, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    He only looks like sissoko

  • 19 The American // Aug 1, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    Martoon

    Final League Position: 4th
    No. of points: 80
    League Cup: Semi-Final
    FA Cup: 4th
    Player of the Season: Sels
    Top scorer: Mitrovic
    No. of goals: 18

    Promotion through playoff.




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