Towards the end of May, Bournemouth were linked with a move for Lois Diony. The 24 year old scored 11 goals and provided 8 assists for Dijon in a season spent battling relegation, not a bad return.
Dijon aren’t totally against selling, and at the time French newspaper L’Equipe said the club’s president would be looking for a fee of around €15m from Bournemouth.
The Bournemouth trail then went quiet, and on Sunday L’Equipe brings two more English clubs into the equation. It’s stated that Birmingham City and Brighton & Hove Albion are tussling for the player.
On first look, Brighton would obviously be the more attractive option for Diony, given their Premier League promotion, and Birmingham’s fight against relegation in the Championship.
Harry Redknapp will have to use his best negotiating skills to get Diony to Birmingham, and Chris Hughton will surely be confident in his club’s advantage.
However, will either be prepared to part with €15m for the player? They’d perhaps be more likely to pay it than another interested club, Ligue 1’s Saint Etienne.