Mohamed Diame completes Newcastle transfer from Hull City
By Mike Patterson
Last Updated: 04/08/16 9:10am
Newcastle United have confirmed the signing of midfielder Mohamed Diame from Hull City.
The 29-year-old Senegal international has put pen to paper on a three-year deal with the Magpies after passing his medical and agreeing personal terms.
Diame's transfer fee has not been disclosed but Newcastle triggered the move when they agreed to meet the £4.5m release clause in his contract with the Tigers.
Hull had hoped to keep hold of Diame, who scored the winning goal in last season's Championship play-off final against Sheffield Wednesday, after paying £3.5m to bring him to the club from West Ham in September 2014.
However, he has decided to move on after expressing his disappointment over the recent departure of manager Steve Bruce and he will replace Georginio Wijnaldum, who joined Liverpool for £25m last month, in the Newcastle squad.
Diame, who has played 28 times for Senegal, told Newcastle's official website: "It is a great feeling to be a Newcastle player.
"Everybody close to me knows how desperate I am to play in the Premier League again, but when Newcastle comes in for you it makes you think.
"I am looking to the future. Newcastle is a big name, a massive club and will be back in the Premier League, for sure."
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez added: "Mohamed is a strong, attack-minded player with a lot of fight and determination to his game.
"He is also someone who will provide the team with goals and assists from midfield.
"He has good experience of the Championship and the fight needed to win promotion, which will be important for us."