By Wayne Veysey

18th Dec, 2019 | 4:28pm

Sources: Aston Villa plan to sell Wednesday hero

Aston Villa have no plans to offer Jonathan Kodjia a new deal despite his cup heroics against Liverpool, Football Insider understands.

The striker, 30, is out of contract at the end of the season and can leave the Midlands giants on a free transfer.

A Villa source has told Football Insider that Dean Smith is willing to sell Kodjia in January but only if he can secure a replacement striker capable of slotting straight into the matchday squad.

The manager’s stance has not changed following last night’s 5-0 mauling of Liverpool, when Kodjia scored twice on his first start of the season.

He is unwilling to sanction an extension of the Ivory Coast’s contract, signed when he joined from Bristol City for £15million in 2016.

There have been no talks between the club and player, or any suggestions they are in the offing.

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Nevertheless, Kodjia is the subject of widespread interest ahead of January, mainly from English Championship clubs.

As revealed by Football Insider, Villa also rejected a £7million bid from Al-Gharafa for Kodjia before the Qatar window shut at the end of September.

Kodjia has been on the fringes this season, partly due to injury and also Wesley Moraes’ place as the first choice centre-forward.

Wesley has scored five goals from 18 matches since his £22million arrival but has only four from 17 Premier League starts and none in the competition since October.

Kodjia has made just one start among six appearances this season but has an impressive record for Villa, with his 102 appearances yielding 31 goals and eight assists.

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