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Birmingham manager and former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has been told of Chelsea’s contact with Everton star Romelu Lukaku.

The Birmingham manager admitted that Diego Costa is a quality striker who has been hard to manage, while also saying that the transfer fee being associated with Lukaku is just too high, and like the fee of Paul Pogba, Redknapp says that he also isn’t worth it.

The Birmingham manager told the Evening Standard: “Romelu Lukaku could win the Golden Boot this weekend but he would still have to show more consistency to be a success at Chelsea.

“There’s a lot of speculation that Diego Costa will leave Stamford Bridge this summer having been offered crazy money to go to China and that will give Antonio Conte a massive hole to fill in his team.

“Costa looks like a nightmare to manage at times but he is a real handful, leads the line well and his movement is great.

“He’s been a key reason why Chelsea have won the title in two of the three years he has been at the club and they will struggle to find a natural replacement because top centre-forwards are so hard to find.

“I’m told there’s a strong chance Lukaku will go back to Chelsea.

“The transfer fee will be huge and you might look at it and think he isn’t worth it but Paul Pogba’s £89million move to Manchester United from Juventus last summer changed the market completely.

“Now clubs think they can charge even more for promising players.

“Lukaku’s goal return has been good but he blows hot and cold.

“On a good day, he is very difficult to play against but he has too many quiet performances for me to put him up there with the best centre-forwards in the world.”

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