Newcastle complete deal for EIGHTH summer signing with capture of Hull's Mohamed Diame
Newcastle United have completed their second signing of the day '“ with Mohamed Diame arriving from Hull City.
The 29-year-old Senegal international has agreed a three-year deal at the club and becomes the eighth player to join the Magpies' first team squad since the club was relegated from the Premier League.
He is the second signing of the day after the club confirmed the signing of Ciaran Clark from Aston Villa.
"It is a great feeling to be a Newcastle player," said Diame.
"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."
Rafa Benitez added: "Mohamed is a strong, attack-minded player with a lot of fight and determination to his game.
"He is also someone who will provide the team with goals and assists from midfield.
"He has good experience of the Championship and the fight needed to win promotion, which will be important for us."
Diame began his career with French side Lens, before moving to Spain, where he turned out for Linares and Rayo Vallecano.
He joined Wigan Athletic in August 2009 and has spent the last seven years in England, turning out for the Latics, West Ham United and Hull City.
Last season he scored the only goal in the Championship play-off final at Wembley, as the Tigers booked their place back in the Premier League.
At international level, Diame has won 28 caps since making his senior debut in March 2011, and featured for his country at the 2012 Olympics.