Diame, 29, was a key player for Hull last season, notching ten goals and four assists, a record which includes his stunning Championship play-off final strike against Sheffield Wednesday to win promotion to the Premier League.
The Senegalese star, who joined from West Ham United back in the summer of 2014, was expected to be vital for Hull in the Premier League this season, but he may now be leaving the KCOM Stadium.
Sky Sports report that Newcastle United have activated a £4.5m release clause in Diame’s contract, and are hoping to tie up a deal for the midfielder before they kick off their Championship season at Fulham on Friday night.
After seeing manager Steve Bruce leave the club, Hull are desperate to keep hold of Diame, and the Hull Daily Mail report that the Tigers have offered him a new contract in a valiant attempt to block his move to Newcastle – but the Daily Mail report that Diame has already rejected that offer.
Diame’s decision to snub the new deal suggests that his move to Newcastle is drawing ever closer, despite the fact that he’ll be dropping back in to the second tier.
Diame’s goalscoring ability from midfield would be vital for Rafael Benitez, whilst with questions over the future of Moussa Sissoko, Diame’s pace and power make him a sensible replacement.
At just £4.5m, this appears to be a smart move from Newcastle – and the player seems to be edging towards Tyneside having rejected Hull’s new contract offer, and it remains to be seen whether the Tigers make another improved offer.