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Stan Collymore reacts to Aston Villa latest signing

By Dominic Toner

Stan Collymore has voiced his concern over Aston Villa’s transfer business after the club completed a deal for Jonathan Kodjia.

Villa announced the signing of the 26-year-old forward from Bristol City on their website on Tuesday afternoon.

Kodjia joined the Midlands club on a four-year deal and, although the fee was not disclosed, Sky Sports News’ chief reporter Kaveh Solkehol claimed that Villa were set to pay a Championship record £15million fee for the Ivory Coast international.

This is the second time this summer that Villa have broken the Championship record for a player after they stumped up £12million to land Ross McCormack from Fulham.

Pundit and former Villa player Collymore has revealed on personal Twitter account that he is unsure over the club’s decision to spend big money on a player like Kodija, who scored 18 Championship goals at City last season but has only been in England for one year.

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Villa have already signed McCormack but they have been keen to add another front man following an injury to senior striker Rudy Gestede.

Roberto Di Matteo has been highly active this summer and several Premier League players including James Chester, Tommy Elphick and Ritchie De Laet have dropped down from the Premier League to sign at Villa Park.

It was claimed that Hull, West Brom and Derby were interested in the Ivory Coast international, but Roberto Di Matteo’s side have won the battle for the highly-rated striker.

Kodjia was left out of Bristol City’s 3-1 win over Villa on Saturday, hinting that a deal was looking imminent for the striker to leave Ashton Gate.

The Ivory Coast international has scored 19 goals in 52 matches in all competitions for City, including an impressive 18 league goals last season, and has left the club after just one year in the south west following his move from Angers.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, Tony Xia has responded on Twitter to speculation they are interested in a midfielder.