Newcastle close to DOUBLE transfer breakthrough

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Newcastle United are hopeful of signing Mohamed Diame AND Ciaran Clark.

The club is understood to have triggered the release clauses of both players.

Newcastle have lodged a £4.5million bid with newly-promoted Hull City for midfielder Diame.

And United have also reportedly met defender Clark's £5million release clause at Aston Villa.

Newcastle have already signed six players this summer.

But Benitez is still looking to strengthen for a number of positions as well as plan for the departure of midfielder Moussa Sissoko, who reported back to the club today.

Hull have offered Diame a new deal, but the 29-year-old is interested in a move to United.

Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo insisted last week that Clark would stay at the club.

“Ciaran is a Villa man, a Villa boy,” said Di Matteo. "He has pledged his future to us, he will be staying with us

“He is very happy to be with us, to stay here. I know he has a long-term contract as well.”

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Freddie Woodman today signed a new long-term deal at St James's Park.