Newcastle United news: Mo Diame bid latest, Emmanuel Riviere makes return

Mohamed Diame
Mohamed Diame

Newcastle United are hopeful of signing Mohamed Diame from Hull City in the next 48 hours.

The club has earmarked the midfielder as a replacement for wantaway Moussa Sissoko, who returned to the club today.

Diame, 29, has a release clause in his contract at the KCOM Stadium.

And Newcastle are understood to be ready to activate it. Read the latest here.

United manager Rafa Benitez explained the club's stance on selling players this summer after Saturday's 3-2 win over Vitesse Arnhem.

Meanwhile, thousands are at St James's Park today for the club's pre-season open day.

Follow our live blog here.

Defender Chancel Mbemba did not take part because of an ankle problem, and we have an update on his fitness here.

However, striker Emmanuel Rivere – who hasn't played for the club since March – was involved, having recovered from a long-term knee injury.

So too was Florian Thauvin, wanted by Lazio and Olympique Marseille.

Finally, summer signing Dwight Gayle has explained just why he swapped Premier League football for the Championship with Newcastle.