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Newcastle midfielder desperate for Real Madrid move

Sissoko doesn't fancy playing in the Championship. Credit: PA

Moussa Sissoko is hoping for a move to Real Madrid after expressing his desire to leave Newcastle.

The France midfielder's stock rose after some impressive performances at Euro 2016 and has stated he does not want to remain at St James' Park and play in the Sky Bet Championship.

The club are yet to receive what they consider as an acceptable offer for Sissoko and it has been reported that he may even feature for Rafael Benitez's side against Huddersfield this weekend.

But the 26-year-old clearly has his heart set on a move away from Tyneside in the final weeks of the summer transfer window, with Spain his destination of choice.

Sissoko told the BBC World Service:

I hope Real will come for me, I'm still waiting. If Real Madrid are interested in you then of course you will be happy, but right now I am still a Newcastle player.

They [the Newcastle fans] need to understand, I spent three and a half years here. I gave everything for this club and I want to play some big games. For that I need to go somewhere else.

– Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko

Newcastle sign midfielder Diame from Hull

Newcastle United have completed the signing of midfielder Mohamed Diame from Premier League side Hull City.

The former West Ham man has signed a three-year deal at St James' Park after the Championship club activated his release clause.

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.

– Mohamed Diame


Hull hope to keep Diame despite Newcastle interest

Hull City hope to keep Mohamed Diame despite reports that Newcastle have met the Senegal international's buy-out clause.

The Tigers will offer Diame a new contract and hope that the former Wigan and West Ham midfielder joins them on their pre-season trip to Austria.

Mohamed Diame is wanted in the Championship. Credit: PA

Newly-promoted Hull head out to Austria on Tuesday for pre-season fixtures against Caykur Rizespor and Torino ahead of their Premier League opener against champions Leicester on August 13.

Sky Bet Championship club Newcastle have reportedly triggered the 29-year-old's release clause, but Diame - whose wonder-strike against Sheffield Wednesday in May secured Hull's promotion through the play-offs - trained with his Tigers team-mates on Monday.

Newcastle complete signing of Scotland defender

Newcastle United have completed the signing of defender Grant Hanley from Championship rivals Blackburn Rovers.

The Scotland centre-back is believed to have cost around £5.5million, of which 10% will go to Crewe Alexandra, where Hanley was as a youth.

Hanley has signed a five-year deal at St James' Park.

I'm over the moon and delighted to be here.

It is a fantastic opportunity to come and play at such a big club and one that I couldn't turn down.

It is an exciting step in my career but it doesn't stop there. This is just the start and I am looking forward to helping Newcastle get back into the Premier League.

– Grant Hanley


Liverpool in talks with Newcastle over Wijnaldum fee

Newcastle are yet to receive an acceptable bid for midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum despite speculation he is close to joining Liverpool.

Newcastle do not want to sell Wijnaldum. Credit: PA

Press Association Sport understands that there has been contact between the two clubs and that a fee for the £25m-rated Dutchman has been discussed.

However, sources on Tyneside have indicated that the terms proposed to date do not meet the club's requirements and as such, no deal is in place.

The Magpies do not want to sell Wijnaldum, who joined them in a £14.5m switch from PSV Eindhoven last summer, and have no need to do so despite suffering relegation from the Premier League.

But there is also an acceptance that every player has his price, and that a disgruntled player could be more trouble than he is worth and should Liverpool come up with the right money on the right terms, they may well do business.

Wijnaldum, whose situation is also being monitored by Tottenham, was Newcastle's leading scorer last season with 11 goals, four of them in a 6-2 league demolition of Norwich, although his form was patchy and he was unable to help the club retain its top-flight status following the appointment of Rafael Benitez as manager.

Cisse quits Newcastle United for China

Papiss Cisse is heading to China. Credit: PA

Newcastle have announced the departure of striker Papiss Cisse to Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng for an undisclosed fee.

The 31-year-old, a Senegal international, scored 44 goals in 131 appearances for the Magpies since arriving from Freiburg in January 2012.

But having failed to help Newcastle retain their Premier League status under Rafael Benitez last season, his four-and-a-half-year spell on Tyneside has come to an end.

A Newcastle statement said: "Everyone at St. James' Park wishes Papiss all the best for the next stage of his career."

Newcastle announce Bournemouth winger deal

Newcastle have confirmed the signing of winger Matt Ritchie from Premier League side Bournemouth.

Ritchie, 25, has agreed a five-year contract after the two clubs agreed a fee, reported to be around £10million, for the Scotland international.

It has been a busy day of transfer activity at St James' Park with the Magpies also signing striker Dwight Gayle from Crystal Palace, also for a reported fee of £10million, and Andros Townsend moving in the opposite direction after the London club met the £13million release clause in his contract.

Matt Ritchie has joined Newcastle. Credit: PA

"It's an unbelievable feeling to come to a football club like this," Ritchie told the club's official website.

"I loved it at Bournemouth - I had a fantastic time there and it had a huge impact on my career. But when a club like Newcastle comes calling, I couldn't pass up this opportunity.

"It's fantastic to be here and I'm really looking forward to the challenge of getting the club back in the Premier League."

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