Aston Villa

Tussle For Sought After £2M Midfielder Should Be Resolved January

Wigan could have a fight on their hands to hold on to talisman midfielder Mohamed Diame as Wolves, Stoke, Aston Villa and even Sevilla are reportedly interested in him.

Roberto Martinez’s men currently sit just in the relegation zone, two points off Wolves in 17th so the loss of such a valuable player would make their survival fight even harder.

Diame is out of contract in the summer and has been in talks for months over an extension, if a deal is not worked out soon Wigan may be faced with a tough decision on whether to cash in on any money they can receive.

Given the proximity of his current club to Wolves in the table a move to Molineux would seem unlikely, as does a switch to Sevilla.

However the no-nonsense 24-year-old is just Alex McLeish’s type of player, but whether he would find a regular place at Villa is another matter, given that former Wigan midfielder Charles N’Zogbia is also there.

Stoke is the much more likely destination for the Senegalese international with a possible £2m bid expected early on in the January transfer window.

Although if the Christmas fixtures go well for Martinez’s men he may feel a gamble is necessary to ensure survival and try to hold on to the player until the summer at least.

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