Sunderland midfielder Alfred N'Diaye is close to a return to Real Betis.

N'Diaye spent the second half of last season at Real Betis.

Despite the Seville club's relegation, they are now understood to be close to signing the 24-year-old on a permanent basis.

Canal Sur reports that the fee has dropped from around £3.3million to closer to £1.6million.

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