Real Betis have identified Nice midfielder Didier Digard as the man they want in central midfield for the forthcoming campaign.

According to Diaro de Sevilla, Betis director of football Vlada Stosic is negotiating with the 27-year-old [pictured, right], whose contract with the French outfit runs out in June 2014.

Vladic is believed to be ready to offer €2.5m for the versatile Digard, who can also operate as a central defender and has been linked to Sevilla, Toulouse, Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Malaga in recent weeks.

“We are still negotiating the renewal of his contract with Nice and can’t talk about any other offers,” commented his agent Stephan Courbis.

Digard started his career with Le Havre before subsequent spells with Paris Saint-Germain and Middlesbrough, originally joining Nice on loan in January 2010 with the deal made permanent in July 2011 for an undisclosed fee.

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