Newcastle have apparently made a move for Hull's Mohamed Diame as they line up a replacement for Moussa Sissoko.
Newcastle have made a bid for Hull City's Mohamed Diame, according to the Chronicle.
The 29-year-old midfielder is reported to have a release clause in his contract, which has been met by Newcastle.
Diame is being brought in as a replacement for Moussa Sissoko, who has very vocally stated his desire to exit Tyneside. The Senegal international joined Hull in 2014, having previously played in the Premier League for West Ham and Wigan.
Moving to Newcastle would be a step down the divisions for Diame, who took Hull back to the Premier League in May by scoring the winner in the play-off final against Sheffield Wednesday.
Diame made 41 appearances last season, scoring 10 goals and registering four assists.
The move would be another setback for The Tigers, who have suffered turmoil this summer, despite gaining promotion back to the Premier League.
With less than two weeks to go until they begin their season at home to champions Leicester, Hull are without a manager after Steve Bruce left the club and have only made one signing. Further trouble could be ahead for Hull, with Andrew Robertson also being linked with a move away from the KCOM Stadium.
Since news broke about Diame's impending move to Newcastle, Hull fans have taken to Twitter to give their views on the potential loss of one of their key players.
Many appear to be upset with the impending departure, with swipes taken at the club's owners as their preparations for the Premier League go from bad to worse.
If Diame goes, we might as well just completely write next season off, only player in our squad with that touch of class #hcafc— Sam (@samholgate_) August 1, 2016
Diame is a player who can score a goal out of nothing, that's why we'll miss him if he goes #hcafc— 1904 Tweets (@1904Tweets) August 1, 2016
How the hell can we let Diame go for £3 million The situation is just laughable now. Don't even deserve to be in the Prem #HCAFC— Lewis Scott (@Lewis_Scott97) August 1, 2016
If Diame is on his way to newcastle, I would love to know who sanctioned it on our end? Was it our owners or was it incoming manager? #hcafc— MauledByTheTigers (@MauledT) August 1, 2016
Diame didn't impress me last season and wouldn't have minded him going.. but with no players it's just crazy to even think of selling #hcafc— adz 238 (@adzshearsmith) August 1, 2016
With Diame I was optimistic, he's that 1 outstanding player. Without him, not a chance #hcafc— Hull City News (@Hull_City_News) August 1, 2016
No Diame, no hope— Oll (@ollie_cole_96) August 1, 2016
To say that hull losing Mo Diame would be a blow is a massive bloody understatement! Is there no end to what looks like a nightmare season?!— Dan Campbell (@dancampbell77) August 1, 2016