On Monday Newcastle triggered the release clause for Mohamed Diame, with the figure reported to be £4.5m.

The 29 year old midfielder 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.

Tuesday morning brings news from the local press on Humberside, with reports that Hull City have offered a new improved three year deal to Diame but he has shown no interest in signing it.

The Hull first team squad fly out to Austria today, in advance of playing Turkish side Caykur Rizespor in Kufstein on Wednesday.

However, Mohamed Diame will not be on the plane as he has a pre-scheduled court appearance today.

Hull still have no manager at the minute but Gianfranco Zola is the new favourite after being interviewed for the post.

All the indications are though that even if he is appointed it will make no difference to the Mohamed Diame situation, with Newcastle’s ‘bumper’ personal terms off said to be in excess of what Hull are willing to offer the player.

Diame would/could be Rafa Benitez’ seventh signing of the summer, though Monday night brought news that Newcastle had also triggered a £5m release clause for Villa defender Ciaran Clark.

Tuesday morning has also seen Sky Sports report that Diame will take his Newcastle medical later today and should be in the Newcastle squad in time for Friday’s match at Fulham.