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Magpies put in Diame bid as Sissoko replacement.

Byline: LEE RYDER Chief sports writer lee.ryder@trinitymirror.com @lee_ryder

BACK PAGE NEWCASTLE United have lined up Mohamed Diame as a possible replacement for Moussa Sissoko.

The Magpies are yet to sell the French international but want Diame to boost their midfield - and the Senegal international is thought to be interested in a move to Tyneside.

Sources in Hull say United have placed a bid for Diame with the player having a release clause in his contract.

Diame also has just one year left on his current deal, meaning this is Hull's last chance to cash in on the man who scored the goal against Sheffield Wednesday which took them back to the Premier League.

The 29-year-old has plenty of experience of English football having starred for Wigan Athletic, West Ham and the Tigers after moving to the Premier League from Rayo Vallecano in 2009.

Diame and his Hull team-mates are still in a state of shock after the departure of boss Steve Bruce.

He said last week: "Everyone is really sad because the manager was an important person for us all.

"He looked after us like a father, to be honest, and to see him go is really sad.

"However, we cannot do anything to change what has happened.

"It is is done now and all we can do is think about getting prepared for the new season."

However, Newcastle, who are likely to also sell Cheick Tiote and Florian Thauvin this week, are ready to offer Diame a new career challenge.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 1, 2016
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