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 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.