Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa could return to England but this time in the Championship as potential new Birmingham City owner Maxi Lopez wants him to form a striking partnership with Troy Deeney.

The Championship side is currently involved in an ownership battle. One of the prospect new owners wants to sign Costa as his first player.

The current Chinese owners have put the club up for sale. Former Barcelona and AC Milan player Max Lopez is one of the frontrunners to takeover at Birmingham City. Lopez is understood to ready to sign Costa as they gun for promotion next season.

Costa is currently a free agent after leaving Atletico Mineiro earlier this year. The 34-year-old decided to terminate his contract despite leading them to reputable domestic success.

The prospect of Costa forming a strike partnership with former Watford captain Troy Deeney is mouthwatering.

Costa is undoubtedly a top striker on his good days. During his Chelsea days, he netted 52 goals in 89 appearances winning the Premier League twice. Antonio Conte deemed him surplus to requirements and he went back to Atletico Madrid.

During his stints with Atletico Madrid, Costa won the Europa League once, the UEFA Super Cup thrice and two La Liga titles under Diego Simeone. He was released in December 2020.