Mo Diame insists he is not a replacement for Sissoko at Newcastle

Mohamed Diame celebrates scoring the first goal for Hull City

The midfielder is one of eight new signings at Newcastle this summer.

Mohamed Diame celebrates scoring the first goal for Hull City with Ahmed ElmohamadyMohamed Diame celebrates scoring the first goal for Hull City with Ahmed Elmohamady

Newcastle United’s Mo Diame has insisted to the Chronicle he has not arrived at the club to replace Moussa Sissoko.

The midfielder arrived at the club this summer as one of eight new signings made by Rafa Benitez so far.

He enjoyed a strong season with Hull City last season, scoring the winning goal in the play off final to help them return to the Premier League.

Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko in action with Manchester City's Vincent KompanyNewcastle's Moussa Sissoko in action with Manchester City's Vincent Kompany

Many believe he has brought into the club as a replacement for Moussa Sissoko, who is expected to leave at some point following his performances at Euro 2016.

He though, has insisted that he is not there to replace the Frenchman and is just at the club to give his best.

“I am not here to replace anybody, I am here to give my best and get the club back to the Premier League,” he told the Chronicle.

“My aim is to make the fans happy but to do that I need to be fit. If I a fit, like I say, I’ll be flying and nobody will stop me if I do that.”

Hull's Mohamed Diame in action with Derby's Will HughesHull's Mohamed Diame in action with Derby's Will Hughes

It now remains to be seen if Diame will go on to prove a smart signing by Newcastle United this season.

The midfielder has arguably been targeted because of his experience of the Championship, which Benitez will be hoping can guide his side through the division.

Should he do that, there is not likely to be many talking about Moussa Sissoko come the end of the campaign.

Moussa Sissoko celebrates scoring the second goal for Newcastle UnitedMoussa Sissoko celebrates scoring the second goal for Newcastle United

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