Ligue 1 outfit Saint-Etienne are on course to beat Championship side Birmingham City, AFC Bournemouth and Premier League new boys Brighton and Hove Albion to sign Lois Diony, according to French news outlet Le Progres.

Harry Redknapp has been keen to add the French striker to the ranks at Birmingham after missing out on Eupen’s young wonderkid Henry Onyekuru, who joined Premier League Everton ahead of The Blues and West Ham United.

Birmingham have been attracting considerable attention so far this transfer window, adding Barnsley’s Marc Roberts for £3.5 million after snapping up Brighton keeper David Stockdale on a free transfer in one of the swoops of the window so far.

Now the former Spurs boss is looking to bring in Dijon striker Lois Diony, who is also subject to interest from newly-promoted Brighton as well as Bournemouth, who have already added experienced striker Jermaine Defoe to their ranks this summer. However, it is French club Saint-Etienne who pose the main competition for The Blues.

However, it is French club Saint-Etienne who pose the main competition for The Blues after reportedly striding ahead in the race to snap up the 24-year-old frontman.

The French number 9 has notched 27 goals in 107 appearances for Dijon, but was key to the club’s survival in Ligue 1 last season, providing a creative spark as well as goals.

It seems highly unlikely that the former Nantes striker will remain at Dijon ahead of the new season, and whilst Birmingham are keen on snapping him up, Diony looks set to join Saint-Etienne sometime within the next week.

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