Report: Aston Villa make first offer for Bristol City striker Jonathan Kodjia

Jonathan Kodjia - Bristol City

Kodjia scored 20 goals in 48 games last season for the Robins and is reportedly being tracked by numerous clubs.

Jonathan Kodjia - Bristol City

Aston Villa have already signed a goalkeeper, a centre-back, and a central midfielder this summer and they now look to have made a move to complete their new spine by signing a centre-forward, as France Football report that they have made an undisclosed bid for Bristol City striker Jonathan Kodjia.

Villa struggled for goals last season as they were relegated from the Premier League; top scorer Jordan Ayew netted just seven times whilst their main out-and-out centre-forward, Rudy Gestede, managed only six strikes.

As a result, and despite Gestede's excellent Championship goalscoring record at Blackburn Rovers two years ago, Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo is thought to be keen on bringing in another man to bolster his frontline.

Jonathan Kodjia - Bristol City 2

According to France Football, that man is City star Kodjia, who netted 20 times in 48 appearances in all competitions despite the Championship side struggling to finish just 18th.

The report claims that Villa have made the first move in the race to secure his signature by lodging an undisclosed bid for the 26-year-old Ivory Coast international.

Jonathan Kodjia scores the second goal for Bristol City

However, the relegated side are thought to face competition from clubs including Premier League sides Sunderland and Stoke City, as well as Championship rivals Derby County and La Liga club Villarreal.

Kodjia has a good goalscoring pedigree in recent years, having averaged better than a goal every other game in his one season with French side Angers before switching to Bristol City 12 months ago, as well as scoring on only his second cap for the Ivory Coast.

The Robins will surely be desperate to hang onto their prize asset, and with the striker still having two years left on the deal he signed last summer, Villa could get dragged into a bidding war if another club firms up their interest.

Jonathan Kodjia of Bristol City (C) in action with Danny Batth of Wolverhampton Wanderers (R)

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