Monday evening has seen widespread reporting that Newcastle United have met the release clause for Ciaran Clark.

The Aston Villa defender turns 27 next month and has spent his whole career at Villa Park.

Captaining England at youth level, Ciaran Clark eventually committed to the Republic of Ireland and played in this summer’s Euros in France.

The release clause is claimed to be £5m according to the reporting from the likes of Sky Sports and various other media.

Clark can play in various positions – left-back, defensive midfield, as well as centre of defence where he normally operates.

Last season he was restricted to 18 Premier League appearances due to various injuries (and left on the bench at times), Aston Villa collapsing and finishing bottom of the table.

This news follows the move by Newcastle earlier today to sign Mohamed Diame, the Hull City midfielder also having a release clause, that figure reported as £4.5m.

Despite still having no manager, Hull were said to be trying to get the 29 year old to sign a new contract to fight off Newcastle’s interest.

Today’s double move (swoop!) gives a but more understanding of Rafa Benitez’ statement in recent days that Newcastle had a number of transfers that were ready to go. Obviously, the fact that these players have release clauses means that if they do decide they want to join Newcastle, then nothing their current clubs can do.