Wigan star snubs Reds & Gunners

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Wigan midfielder Mohamed Diame is poised to turn down the advances of Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool and sign for Real Betis.

The box-to-box Senegal midfielder is out-of-contract this summer, and despite helping Wigan to secure Premier League status for another season, he looks set to quit England for Spain.

The former Rayo Vallecano star moved to the Premier League in 2009, signing for Roberto Martinez's side, and had been tipped to join his old boss at Anfield should Martinez opt to join the Merseyside club.

However, reports in The Sun suggest the Senegalese star has turned his back on the Premier League and has instead held talks with La Liga side Real Betis.

Diame reportedly flew to Seville to meet with Betis manager Pepe Mel and sporting director Vlada Stosic last week, and is seeking a three-year contract worth £3.5million, with a deal thought to be close.

That would be a blow for Spurs, Arsenal and Liverpool who were all believed to be chasing the midfielder, as they look to rebuild their squads for next season.

Although Diame did not feature as regularly for Wigan this season, Premier League clubs are thought to be keen on his athletic style and top-flight experience.

However, Diame looks set to seal a move back to Spain.

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