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Newcastle Move Closer To Completing Two New Signings

7:30 am, Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

Open Day at St. James’ Park yesterday also saw a day where Newcastle activated the release clauses in two players’  contracts – and we had never even been linked with either player this summer.

News early yesterday broke that Newcastle had activated the release clause in Hull City midfielder Mo Diame’s contract and that the 29 year-old Senegal International wanted to join Newcastle.

mo diame

Mohamed Diame – Hull City midfielder

And then late in the day news came through that we had done the exact same with 26 year-old Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark’s contract and that he also wanted to join Newcastle.

The release clause in Diame’s contract is around £4.5M and that in Ciaran’s contract is about £5M so Newcastle  could get two very experienced players in for less than £10M – and that’s good business again from the club.

And the news this morning is that Newcastle are now hopeful signing both Mohamed Diame and Ciaran Clark before the end of the week when we play at Fulham in the first game of the Championship season.


Ciaran Clark – Aston Villa defender

And because other clubs will have now been alerted to the availability of these players, Newcastle are moving quickly to try to tie up both deals just as soon as possible.

The next step for both players would be to agree terms and then have them travel to Newcastle for their medicals, but Hull have offered new terms to Diame.

But he was not on the plane yesterday for Hull City’s tour of Austria, which is interesting.

The Hull Daily Mail this morning are saying they expect Diame to move to Newcastle maybe in the next 24 hours, even though Hull offered him a new three year deal yesterday.

They report Newcastle have taken advantage of the confusion at the club following Steve Bruce’s sudden departure last week and the fact they have still not appointed a new manager.

Newcastle are said to be offering Diame a bumper long term deal to move to Tyneside.

Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo may also offer Ciaran a new deal and he still has four years left on his current contract at the only club he’s ever played for.

Only last week Di Matteo insisted Ciaran was going nowhere:

“Ciaran is a Villa man, a Villa boy,” “He has pledged his future to us, he will be staying with us.”

“He is very happy to be with us, to stay here. I know he has a long-term contract as well.”

Things can change very quickly in a week.

We will have to await new developments today, but Newcastle are still hoping they can get both players over the line before Friday.

Comments welcome.

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

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Aug 2, 2016 at 7:33 AM

    BandB IN!

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Aug 2, 2016 at 7:34 AM

    Not Blackas though!

  • 3 Jib // Aug 2, 2016 at 7:36 AM

  • 4 Jib // Aug 2, 2016 at 7:53 AM

    David Luiz has been taking to Social media to mock Hatem ben Arfa for being a “fatty” after the closed season.
    “He’s the last to the training ground – first to the dining hall ”
    He is 2.5 kilos overweight !
    Sound familiar ?
    I wonder how much is added muscle mass ?

  • 5 Jib // Aug 2, 2016 at 7:55 AM

  • 6 Geordiedownunder // Aug 2, 2016 at 7:56 AM

    I think the thing that I’m most impressed with in regard to the “Rafalution”, is the new urgency and speed of moving for the players we are after. Gone is the dithering around of previous years with the inevitable “Well, we tried, but we couldn’t manage to get him across the line”. A very welcome change! Deals Done and dusted before other clubs are even aware of players availability. Obviously the fact that we have a manager like Rafa is a major advantage. Go Rafa!

  • 7 mindshaft // Aug 2, 2016 at 8:02 AM

    Can see why Diames been brought in and he will be good in championship and a decent squad player if we get to prem , not so sure about Clarke as he looks poor (albeit in a very poor Villa side ) .
    Guess the saving grace is that he’s cheap and can’t be worse than some of the over rated Frenchmen Carrs bought in the past

  • 8 Jail for Ashley // Aug 2, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    That’s why I don’t understand the people who are waiting for him to achieve something before judging him. What has been achieved so far in terms of the way things are being done is more than has happened over the last nine years and he’s only been here a few months.

  • 9 nufc 11 // Aug 2, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    Hope mbeama is not moving and that’s why we’re signing Clark if Hanley is second choice when would Clark play? What does signing him mean for mbabu?

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