Newcastle line up Moussa Sissoko replacement

Mohamed Diame
Mohamed Diame

Mohamed Diame is being lined up by Newcastle United as a potential replacement for Moussa Sissoko.

The Hull City midfielder has emerged as a summer target for the club, which has slapped a £35million price tag on wantaway Sissoko.

Sissoko was today due to report back to Newcastle's training ground after being given an extended break following his involvement at Euro 2016 with finalists France.

Diame scored the goal at Wembley which took Hull back to the Premier League in last season's Championship play-off final.

But the 29-year-old only has a year left on his contract at the club, and the Senegal international could be tempted by a move to St James's Park in the wake of manager Steve Bruce's summer departure from the KCOM Stadium.

Sissoko, meanwhile, went public with his desire to leave United after the Euro 2016 final, in which France were beaten by Portugal.

And the odds are on him leaving St James's Park in this summer's transfer window.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez addressed speculation over the future of a number of players after the club's 3-2 win over Vitesse Arnhem on Saturday.

Benitez said: “Some players ... maybe we will need them, and they will have to stay.

“Some players we will know that we can replace them for good players and they can leave."