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EXCLUSIVE: Champions League chasers to win Ben Brereton Diaz transfer race as West Ham, Leeds, Brighton miss out

Ben Brereton Diaz of Blackburn Rovers, during AFC Bournemouth v Blackburn Rovers, Sky Bet Championship, Vitality Stadium

Ben Brereton Diaz is closing in on a lucrative move overseas with a move to an established Champions League side closing in, TEAMtalk understands.

The Chile international has enjoyed the best season of his career with 21 goals to date. They have come in 34 Championship appearances – 31 of them of starts – helping Tony Mowbray’s side push for promotion. At one point, Rovers were riding high in second and looking good for automatic promotion.

However, their worst run of the season could not have been timed worse. As such, Blackburn are now all the way down to eighth, having won just once – against now relegated Derby – since the end of February.

And with three games left of the regular season, Blackburn are three points adrift of Sheffield United, who occupy the sixth and final play-off berth.

With a Premier League return now looking beyond them, it’s little surprise then to see Brereton Diaz nearing the exit door.

The 23-year-old’s current deal is due to expire this summer, though Blackburn do have an option to extend this by 12 months. As such, the club has already informed Brereton Diaz they will be taking this up.

Numerous clubs in England are keen on the striker with Leeds and newly-promoted Fulham amongst them. We have also revealed in the past how West Ham were looking to sign the forward in the January window. However, Blackburn’s lofty valuation at the time scuppered the Hammers’ plans.

Striker heading for LaLiga giants

In addition, Brighton are also understood to have offered players in exchange for his signing.

However, we can reveal that a move to Spain is on the cards, with Brereton Diaz nearing a move to Sevilla.

Julen Lopetegui’s side are currently third in LaLiga and are looking to book a return to the Champions League.

Currently level on points with Atletico Madrid, the pair both need to fight off Real Betis, who are three points worse off and having played a game more.

And we understand that the promise of European  – and quite possibly, Champions League football – will be enough to convince Brereton Diaz to sign.

Sevilla are hoping to seal a deal for around £20million, though Blackburn are looking for slightly more.

Mowbray insists Brereton Diaz deal must be right

Mowbray knows only promotion would have given Blackburn a realistic chance of keeping the Chile striker on board.

However, speaking earlier this season, he insists any sale of the player has to be on Rovers’ terms.

“I’m never worried about selling players. What do you think he’s worth, £30m? £40m?,” Mowbray told Lancashire Live.

Brighton want Ben Brereton Diaz

Brighton want Ben Brereton Diaz

Brighton are interested in Blackburn's Ben Brereton Diaz.

“It doesn’t matter to me, we have to coach the players we’ve got. If a Premier League or La Liga club, somewhere Ben wants to go, comes and offers us the money that we think is right.

“I’m not saying we’re in the market to sell Ben Brereton Diaz. We are hoping to keep him here. We want him to help us stay near the top end of this league and keeps scoring goals. He’s still only a very young boy.”