Championship outfit Birmingham City have suffered a significant blow in their pursuit of Dijon striker Lois Diony, according to French newspaper Le Bien Public.
The 24-year-old moved to the Ligue 1 side back in 2014 after spells at fellow French clubs Nantes and Mont-de-Marsan, but has made great strides at Dijon in recent years to become a sought-after forward.
Despite struggling in his first 18 months at the club, Diony bagged 14 goals in all competitions back in the 2015/16 campaign to help Dijon win promotion to Ligue 1, and then he made sure they stayed there last term with ten goals and eight assists in 35 appearances for the club, helping them finish a point above danger.
Ultimately, it was the 24-year-old’s contributions which kept them in the top tier last season, and his stellar efforts have reportedly attracted much interest from around the continent, including from Harry Redknapp’s Birmingham.
However, the Championship side have been dealt a significant and perhaps devastating blow in their pursuit of Diony, as reports in France suggest that he is on the verge of signing for Saint-Etienne.
It has been reported that he is having a medical at the club on Friday, which is sure to come as huge disappointment to Birmingham chief Redknapp, who will be looking to further strengthen his side following the signings of Craig Gardner, Marc Roberts, and David Stockdale.
And with their attack contributing just 45 goals last term, that area needs bolstering, yet it appears that their chase for the French striking sensation is going to end in defeat.
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