Newcastle close to DOUBLE transfer breakthrough

Mohamed Diame
Mohamed Diame

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.