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Report: West Ham and Crystal Palace want Newcastle midfielder

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Report: West Ham and Crystal Palace want Newcastle midfielder

Turkish newspaper Sabah have claimed that Fenerbahce face competition from West Ham United and Crystal Palace in their bid to sign Newcastle United midfielder Mo Diame.

Diame, who turns 32 next month, is out of contract at Newcastle and it looks unlikely that he will be offered a new deal by the Tyneside club. That is despite being a regular part of The Toon’s side.

This season, the ex-West Ham star has played 29 times in the League for Newcastle. Indeed, he started every single one of Newcastle’s league games from their first against Tottenham until January 2 at Manchester United.

 

However, with Sean Longstaff breaking into the senior side, it looks as though the 35-time Senegal international will not be able to add to his 103 appearances for The Toon. Fener, West Ham and Palace have all tabled contract offers.

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TBR’s view

Newcastle look set to lose one of their most consistent performers this season in Diame, but age is an issue. Almost 32 years old, Diame has certainly lost a yard of pace.

The problem with losing Diame is whether Newcastle will bring in a replacement or not. Rafa Benitez’s future at the club remains in doubt, though talks with owner Mike Ashley have been scheduled this week.

Replacing Diame is likely to be on the agenda, and if Ashley agrees to spending some money on a younger central midfielder, then the African star is likely to leave St. James’ Park.

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