Monday morning saw The Times report that Newcastle had made a move for Mohamed Diame.

Lunchtime sees Sky Sports confirm that Newcastle have indeed triggered the release clause for the 29 year old midfielder, with the figure said to be £4.5m according to their information.

Diame scored an impressive 10 Championship goals from midfield last season, including the winner at Wembley in the play-off final.

Considering that was his only taste of second tier football and he had played in the Premier League the previous six seasons (Wigan, West Ham, Hull), it is hard to believe Diame would be anything other than a major asset if Newcastle land him.

Whilst the Times may have been a little premature this morning when reporting he was already en route to Tyneside. It does seem inevitable that the midfielder will leave Humberside this transfer window, with maybe the only worry being that other clubs may make a move.

Sky Sports say today that Hull City are now desperately trying to persuade Diame to sign a new contract and extend his stay but with the club in turmoil and still managerless only a week and half before the new season, it is difficult to see who it would be that could persuade the player he should be staying.

In recent days the midfielder has stated how shocked he and the rest of the squad were, when Steve Bruce felt compelled to resign.

The club appear to be in disarray under the chaotic ownership of the club and with not a single new signing so far, Hull City are looking nailed on to head back to the Championship.