It looks like Newcastle United are moving very quickly to seal the deal to get Mo Diame to Newcastle for the release clause in his contract, which is now said to be £4.5M – up from the initially reported £3M.
The Mail is now reporting that Newcastle are in talks with the player and his agent after they met the release clause in his contract.
And Keith Downie of Sky Sports expects the deal to go though and that it could close within 24 hours.
Newcastle would certainly do well to get this deal completed as soon as possible.
The 29-year-old joined Hull from West Ham in 2014 when they paid his £3.5M release clause.
The good news for Newcastle is that Mo wants to join up with Rafa Benitez on Tyneside – which could be key to the deal going through.
The other new piece of information is that Mo has rejected a new deal offered by Hull City, with his current contract running out next summer.
With other Premier League clubs now alerted of his release clause, Newcastle will be moving as quickly as possible to get this deal closed and it looks like they need to agree terms before the medical will take place.
We could even be hearing of further developments as the day goes on.
This would be a fantastic deal for Newcastle if we can pull it off – a coup – to have such an accomplished and powerful player on Tyneside.
Presumably Mo will be the replacement for Moussa Sissoko who reported back to training at Benton this morning from his summer break.
It follows his excellent play for France in Euro 2016 which has increased his value in the transfer market to an incredible £35M.
Both Juventus and Real Madrid are reportedly very interested to sign the 26 year-old French midfielder.
Finally has Moussa scored a winner like this one Mo Diame scored against the Owls in the play-off finals in May at Wembley to send the Tigers back to the Premier League?
What a goal.