By Will Butcher
Aston Villa have set their sights on Bristol City’s star-striker Jonathan Kodjia to fire the Villains back to the Premier League at the first attempt, according to a report.
Manager Roberto Di Matteo is keen to add firepower to his lacklustre attack, after his inherited side managed just 27 goals last season.
According to the Birmingham Mail, Bristol City’s Kodjia is at the top of that list and the Champions League winning manager is looking to add the Ivorian to his attacking options.
Kodjia is rumoured to cost around £6.5million according to reports, and would be a welcome addition to a Villa side that is crying out for a natural goalscorer. City manager Lee Johnson is under no pressure to sell, with two years remaining on Kodjia’s contract.
Strikers Rudy Gestede, Jordan Ayew and Gabby Agbonlahor amassed a dismal 14 goals in all competitions last season.
Kodjia scored 20 goals in all competitions in his debut season for the Robins, and this proven Championship experience is something that Di Matteo is keen to add.
The 26-year-old moved to Ashton Gate last year for a fee of £2million from French side Angers, and his value has more than tripled after playing an integral part in saving City from the drop.
His debut season in England also saw him pick up his first Ivory Coast caps and his first goal, finding the back of the net against Gabon.
Kodjia is known for his quick pace and ability to beat a man, while also being renowned for his strong work-rate off the ball and the french-born striker favours a counter-attacking style of play.
In other Villa news, this new signing took to training field as he completed his long-awaited transfer.