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20th Jul, 2016 | 10:59pm

Club make emphatic response to reported Aston Villa striker bid

By Amir Mir

Bristol City manager Lee Johnson has claimed the club have not received any bids for striker Jonathan Kodjia.

Football France claimed on Wednesday that the Midlands club had tabled a formal offer for the French-born striker.

It is said the Championship striker is also attracting interest from Derby, Sunderland, Stoke and Villarreal.

But Johnson denied there have been any bids and has issued a hands-off warning for their 26-year-old attacker, who scored 20 goals in his debut season at Ashton Gate last term.

“There has been no bid for Jonathan Kodjia. And nor would we welcome one.” Johnson told the club’s official Twitter page.

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Here is the response of Johnson, posted on the Robins’ official Twitter page.

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

Kodjia 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.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, a Premier League club are in talks with Roberto Di Matteo’s side over a deal to sign the clubs highly-criticised player for a cut-price fee.