Just when Hull City fans thought their pre-season could not get any worse, news emerged on Monday that star midfielder Mo Diame had been the subject of a bid by relegated Newcastle United.
The £4.5 sale of the £100 million goalscorer
The £4.5 million offer for the man who scored Hull's playoff final winner in May, reportedly worth £100 million, activated a release cause as Newcatle look to bolster their promotion hopes with an array of signings.
Diame did not travel to Hull's Austria training camp with the rest of the squad on Tuesday and is expected to arrive in the North East for a medical during the day. The Geordies will hope they can secure the services of the powerful midfielder before they begin their Championship campaign on Friday against Fulham.
The signing will be a double blow for troubled Hull City after they lost out on securing the services of last season loanee Isaac Hayden to the Tyneside club. The Arsenal youth product cited "Newcastle pass the ball better than Hull" as one of his main reasons for snubbing the Tigers.
The race for Hull manager continues as more names are added to the list
Meanwhile the search for a new manager at the KCOM stadium continues following the departure of Steve Bruce. A dozen candidates have already been linked with the role, the latest being Gianfranco Zola and Bernd Schuster.
Zola has been tipped as the new favourite following a host of large figure bets being places on the former Chelsea striker. The Italian has been out of work since receiving his marching orders from Qatari club Al-Arabi a few months ago. He has experience of managing in England, albeit unsuccessfully with West Ham United and Watford.
Meanwhile former Real Madrid manager Bernd Schuster has also shown interest in the role. According to sources he believes that his "world class experience on and off the pitch can take Hull City to the next level". Schuster enjoyed an accomplished playing career that took him to both Madrid clubs and Barcelona, whilst also holding a World Cup winners medal.