Hull agree £3.5m fee for former Arsenal target, give up on Manchester United outcast

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Hull City are poised to abandon their pursuit of Tom Cleverley in order to wrap up Mohamed Diame from West Ham.

The Tigers notched up a win over QPR on the opening day of the season, but it's been downhill from there after a draw with Stoke, a loss at Fulham and being dumped out of the Europa League by Belgian side Lokeren. The pressure isn't particularly building on manager Steve Bruce, but he's expected to make moves in the transfer market to get his side back on track.

He's already brought in Andrew Robertson, Harry Maguire, Michael Dawson, Jake Livermore, Tom Ince and Robert Snodgrass, but the departure of striker Shane Long to Southampton for £12m means that there is more money to spend for Bruce, and whilst some of that is set to be splashed out on Palermo striker Abel Hernandez, Bruce is looking to add another central midfielder.

The former Birmingham, Wigan and Sunderland boss admitted over the weekend that there had been talks between Hull and Manchester United over a potential deal for the under-fire Tom Cleverley, though Aston Villa and Valencia are also interested in the England international.

"There has been conversations between the two clubs and we did have some sort of offer, but where we are up to between the two clubs I am not too sure because I have been away in London," said Bruce on his chase of Cleverley. "If there is a deal to be done to try and get somebody like Tom then of course we would be interested."

However, it appears that the deal has collapsed with other clubs offering around £8m for Cleverley, and Bruce has turned his attention elsewhere.

The new target is West Ham's Mohamed Diame, who is being allowed to leave Upton Park following the Hammers' capture of Alexandre Song. Diame, 27, had been linked with Arsenal over the last 18 months, but with Sam Allardyce keen to let the Senegalese international leave the club, it seems a move to the KC Stadium is on the cards, according to Sky Sports and and the Daily Mail.

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