Five big money strikers Aston Villa should target to win promotion

Fulham, Leeds, Celtic and Nottingham Forest players feature among forwards Aston Villa should consider spending big money on.

Aston Villa's prospects of winning promotion next season have changed considerably after the club confirmed a takeover has been agreed.

Chinese billionaire Dr Tony Xia paid £60 million to buy the club and is likely to supplement this with investment in the transfer market.

Key to their success next season will be signing strikers capable of firing them back to the Premier League.

Here are five options who could thrive in the Championship at Villa Park...

Ross McCormack

McCormack has a proven track record in the Championship, scoring 42 goals over the last two seasons for Fulham. Prior to that he netted 29 goals for Leeds in 2013/14, making an expensive move to Craven Cottage. Fulham have despite his efforts performed poorly, and the chance to play for a promotion contender would appeal. He could cost in the region of the £11 million fee Fulham paid for him.

Chris Wood

Leeds only signed Chris Wood a year ago for £3 million, but it would be madness to suggest Massimo Cellino would not sell at the right price. A fee close to £10 million for the New Zealand international could sway a deal for a striker who netted 13 goals last season despite missing three months of the season through injury.

Leigh Griffiths

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths scored a staggering 40 goals last season north of the border, but he will have to work hard to impress again with a new manager set to be appointed. It is unclear how much money Celtic have to spend, so if a big bid came in for the striker then a decision to begrudgingly accept could allow them to reinvest in the side, even if it would be an unpopular one for fans of the Scottish side.

Britt Assombalonga

Nottingham Forest fans would be sickened if Assombalonga was sold, but the striker is arguably the most dangerous in the Championship at his best, and Villa would be silly not to test the waters. He has just bounced back from a serious knee injury and Forest will feel they deserve at least another season out of him, yet if a huge bid came in for him then unpredictable chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi would have a decision make.

Nakhi Wells

Wells scored 17 goals for Huddersfield Town in the Championship last season, and the Terriers could face a tough task to hang onto the talented 25-year-old this summer. Huddersfield would find it tough to turn down a big money offer for the ambitious striker, who could be just the type of striker Aston Villa need to sign, one who is young, hungry to succeed and has done it in the Championship already.

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