By Harry Sykes
Mohamed Diame has signed a three-year contract with Newcastle, the club announced on Wednesday.
The attacking midfielder has joined the north-east giants from Hull after they activated a £4.5 million release clause in Diame’s contract on Monday morning.
Newcastle announced on their official media channels, including their Twitter account, that Diame had become the club’s eighth senior summer signing.
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Diame chose to drop down a division from the Premier League even though Hull tried to keep him by offering an improved contract.
Newcastle become the fourth English club for the 29-year-old, who also played for Wigan, West Ham and Hull over the last seven years following his arrival from Rayo Vallecano in Spain.
He scored the winning goal as Hull were promoted via the play-offs last season, and scored an impressive 14 goals in 57 matches from midfield for the club.
At international level, Diame has won 28 caps since making his senior debut in March 2011, and featured for his country at the 2012 Olympics.
“It is a great feeling to be a Newcastle player,” he told the official Newcastle website. “Everybody close to me knows how desperate I am to play in the Premier League again, but when Newcastle comes in for you it makes you think.
“I am looking to the future. Newcastle is a big name, a massive club and will be back in the Premier League, for sure.”
There will be no shortage of money reinforcements for Newcastle as they have recouped around £70million through players’ sales already this summer and could offload Moussa Sissoko for more than £30million in the next couple of weeks.
Diame will be regarded as a like-for-like replacement for Sissoko, who has attracted interest from a number of leading clubs, including Real Madrid.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the Tyneside club have discussed signing a highly-rated Manchester United player.