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Sky: Twist as Newcastle target offered improved three-year deal as he heads for medical

By Amir Mir

Mohamed Diame has been offered an improved three-year contract by Hull in an effort to stop him from leaving for Newcastle, according to a report.

The Championship club activated a £4.5 million release clause in Diame’s contract on Monday morning.

Sky Sports claim that report that the midfield powerhouse is set to undergo a medical at Newcastle on Tuesday but Hull have offered fresh terms to Diame in a bid to keep their star player ahead of the Premier League season.

The 29-year-old, who has one year remaining on his current Tigers contract, is regarded as a key player in the team’s midfield.

He scored the winning goal as Hull were promoted via the play-offs last season, but are currently without a manager after the departure of Steve Bruce.

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The Yorkshire-based club are hoping they don’t lose one of their key men, so they have offered a new deal to the Senegal international.

The 29-year-old has made 57 appearances for the Tigers, scoring 14 goals with Newcastle manager Rafa Bentiez showing interest in his services.

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.

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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.