The transfer of Mohamed Diamé to Championship side Newcastle has been confirmed.
The news that Diamé, scorer of THAT goal at Wembley just 67 days ago, was potentially on the move was first reported on Monday when Rafael Benítez’s club met the puzzlingly low £4.5m release clause written into his contract and the deal has now been done, despite the Tigers’ ridiculously late counter-offer of a new contract.
Diamé had not flown to Austria with City ahead of this evening’s friendly against Turkish Süper Lig side Çaykur Rizespor, and he will never rejoin those who won at Wembley. He departs after two years in East Yorkshire with 58 appearances and 13 goals to his name. Erratic but prodigiously gifted, it’d have been hard to see him being replaced even without the crisis presently engulfing the club.
He spoke with great affection towards Steve Bruce following his departure from the club, and it’s clear that Ehab Allam’s inept handling of the ex-City boss and the club in general is continuing to have grave repercussions, highlighted by one of our best players deciding that life in the Championship is preferable to remaining in the Premier League with City.
What a mess.