By Wayne Veysey

19th Aug, 2016 | 4:58pm

String of Euro big hitters eye Aston Villa 26-year-old - report

By Tom Blackburn

Aston Villa striker Rudy Gestede is being targeted by a number of club in Europe after an impressive start to the season, according to a report.

London newspaper City AM claim Besiktas are preparing a serious bid for the striker, who has scored twice in their opening three Championship outings this season.

The report claims that two Bundesliga clubs are also interested but that Gestede is happy at the club despite their relegation from the Premier League last season.

The Benin international only arrived at Villa in 2015, when he joined for £7.5million from Blackburn.

He has played a total of 40 times for the club, with five of his eight goals coming in the league as Aston Villa were relegated last season.

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Gestede has played eight times for his national side, scoring on three occasions.

The Midlands club have begun to recover from their abysmal relegation season and boss Roberto Di Matteo has been given the opportunity by new owner Tony Xia to spend.

Villa have added a striker to their ranks, with Ross McCormack making a £12 million switch from Championship rivals Fulham.

They have also brought in Mile Jedinak, Tommy Elphick, James Chester, Pierluigi Gollini and Aaron Tshibola, with their overall spending hitting £36million.

The City AM reports that Besiktas are interested in the striker following the loss of striker Mario Gomez to Wolfsburg earlier this summer.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, their £14.5million target is set to clinch a transfer within 24 hours.