Report: Birmingham City target Ligue 1 hotshot Lois Diony in typical Harry Redknapp bargain

New Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp during the press conference

Lois Diony saved Dijon from relegation in Ligue 1 last season and his exploits appear to have caught the eye of Birmingham City.

New Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp during the press conferenceBirmingham City manager Harry Redknapp

Whatever you do, do not call Harry Redknapp a ‘wheeler dealer’. However, even Del Boy himself would be fairly rosy cheeked at the prospect of landing a player reportedly worth £13 million a few months ago for only a fraction of that price.

According to TalkSPORT, Bournemouth enquired about the availability of Dijon forward Lois Diony recently, only to be told he would cost a huge fee.

Now, however, the Sunday People claim that the Ligue 1 side, who only narrowly avoided relegation last season, will consider offers of around £3 million for their prized asset.

Birmingham City fans during the gameBirmingham City fans are crying out for a new striker

And this appears to have piqued the interest of Birmingham as manager Redknapp attempts to build a squad capable of pushing up the table after surviving relegation to League One on the final day of the Championship season.

Diony was hugely impressive for Dijon in 2016/17, cutting the mustard with eleven goals and eight assists in 31 Ligue 1 starts.

Therefore, he would be expected to take some of the goal-scoring burden off target man Lukas Jutciewicz, the only player in the Blues’ squad to hit double figures last season.

Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp and Lukas Jutkiewicz after the match

Clayton Donaldson and Che Adams netted 13 goals between them and Redknapp will be fully aware that he needs more cutting edge at his disposal if Birmingham are to target a top half finish next season – something that was well within their reach when Gary Rowett was sacked in December.

And evidence suggests Diony could be the man.

Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp

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