Newcastle United midfielder Mohamed Diame is keen to leave St James’ Park and link up with Steve Bruce at Aston Villa, according to the Daily Mirror.
The newspaper claims in its print edition (Page 47, 13 November) that the 30-year-old wants a reunion with manager Bruce, who he worked under during his time at Hull.
It is understood that a January move could be on the cards and that the Senegal international would be prepared to quit the Magpies mid-way through the season.
Senior player Diame has struggled for game-time so far this season in the Premier League and his preference is to join promotion chasing Villa in the Championship.
Good move for Newcastle?
Diame is arguably surplus to requirements at Newcastle and they should let him go providing they can find a replacement to fill his void in the squad.
The central midfielder has started just one Premier League game so far and doesn’t possess enough quality to be a regular feature in Rafael Benitez’s side.
He is a midfielder powerhouse that is far more effective in the Championship and a switch to Villa would be best for the player.
Newcastle’s imminent takeover should give them the chance to upgrade the squad and Diame is one of those players who could be improved.
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Likely to happen?
Diame is keen to link up with English manager Bruce, but it’s unclear if Villa would be prepared to make an official offer in January.
Bruce has shown over the years a certain attachment to players and it would be no surprise if Diame did end up back under his management.
He is unlikely to get in ahead of the likes of Mikel Merino, Isaac Hayden, Ayoze Perez and Jonjo Shelvey when they are all fit, meaning he could actively pursue his exit.
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