By Harry Sykes

Aston Villa are close to signing Bristol City striker Jonathan Kodjia for £15million, according to a reliable journalist.

BBC Sport’s Midlands correspondent Pat Murphy claimed on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday morning that Villa are in pole position to sign the in-demand forward.

This comes after the Telegraph reported that Premier League outfit Hull were set to make Kodjia, 26, their club record signing in a deal worth £14million.

Murphy reported there is strong interest from Hull, West Brom and Derby in Kodjia but Villa have jumped to the front of the queue and talks to land the player “are at an advanced stage”.

Kodjia was left out of Bristol City’s 3-1 win over Villa on Saturday and the club are prepared to lose him by Wednesday’s transfer window cut-off.

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Villa have already signed striker Ross McCormack for £12million from Fulham this summer but have made it clear they are still in the market for attacking reinforcements.

Ivory Coast international Kodjia hit an impressive 15 league goals for City last season and now looks primed to leave Ashton Gate after just one year in the south west following his move from Angers.

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson said after Saturday’s win over Villa: ‎”We have received multiple bids over the summer and it was totally my decision to leave him out.

“There has been a lot of speculation about Jonathan. I’ve been there before when bids have come in for players and it can be an emotional time.

“At this moment in time nothing has matched our valuation. It will take a lot of money to get one of our players out of this club and we are calling the shots.”

In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club submitted a £20million bid for Premier League striker.