Bruce hopeful Xia will fund Aston Villa swoop for top-flight striker - report

By Danny Wright

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce is eyeing up Cologne’s Jhon Cordoba as he looks to sign another striker, according to a report.

The Sun claims that Cordoba, 24, caught the attention of the Villians last month when he scored against Arsenal in the Europa League.

Aston Villa had quite a tough summer due to limited funding, but it is reported that Bruce is hopeful that owner Tony Xia will be able to fund a swoop for Cordoba, especially as Cologne boss Peter Stoger “could” be tempted to cashing in on the striker in January.

After signing from Mainz in the summer in a reported £13million move, Cordoba has made 10 appearances across all competitions this term, but has scored just two goals, with none of them coming in the Bundesliga as his side have earned just one point in their first seven league games.

Last season with Mainz, the Colombian forward wasn’t exactly prolific either, scoring just eight  times in 37 matches.

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Football Insider Verdict

Aston Villa do need strengthening in the summer, but not up front. Jonathan Kodjia and Keinan Davis look like a good match and Scott Hogan in reserve gives them some good options. This Villa side should be good enough to get into at least the play-offs this season and it looks unlikely that Xia will risk breaking Financial Fair Play regulations to get in a player that they don’t really need. Cordoba’s record isn’t exactly promising either. Although the Bundesliga is a top-flight league and the Championship isn’t, it’s still a tough division to settle into. 10 goals in this season and last is not a record that should be attracting the attention of Bruce.

In other Aston Villa news, Simon Jordan took a swipe at Ross McCormack after he exited Villa Park.

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