By Harvey Byrne

Aston Villa have had a £5million offer rejected by Bristol City for striker Jonathan Kodjia, according to a report.

The Daily Mail claim that the Midlands club have had a bid rejected for the 26-year-old forward, who is also attracting interest from the Premier League.

It is understood that top-flight sides Sunderland, Stoke, Middlesbrough and Everton are also monitoring the quick frontman, along with Villa’s Championship rivals Derby.

It was reported on Wednesday that Lee Johnson claimed the club had not received any bids for striker Kodjia, but the Daily Mail’s article contradicts the claim from the Robins boss.

Two-time capped Ivory Coast international Kodjia has seen his reputation rise after making a move to Ashton Gate from French side Angers for a fee of £2.1 million last summer.

The striker found the net on 20 occasions last term, compared to 13 for the Villa senior trio of Jordan Ayew, Gabby Agbonlahor and Rudy Gestede in the 2015-16 Premier League season.

The Robins star-man still has another two-years left on his contract and the club have the option of an extra year on top, so the Ashton Gate club currently hold the power with this transfer.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, Villa are allowing US international goalkeeper Brad Guzan to leave on a free transfer.