Newcastle United should move for Aston Villa's Jonathan Kodjia

Manager of Aston Villa Steve Bruce during the pre season friendly match between Aston Villa and Watford  at Villa Park on July 29, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Newcastle United should make a move for Aston Villa forward Jonathan Kodjia this summer.

Steve Bruce has told the Birmingham Mail that Aston Villa could have to sell a key player this summer, and that should alert Newcastle United to Jonathan Kodjia’s potential availability.

Villa are fighting a battle to stay within the financial fair play guidelines, after investing heavily since relegation to the Championship.

Jonathan Kodjia of Aston Villa scores his sides first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Norwich City at Villa Park on April 1, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

And Bruce has admitted that a key player may have to leave to balance Villa’s books.

The claret and blues will almost certainly not want to lose Kodjia for footballing reasons, but Newcastle should now be seriously considering making a move for the Ivorian.

Kodjia netted 19 goals in 40 Championship matches last term, and is one of the most feared front men outside the Premier League.

Blessed with power, pace and a clinical finish, Kodjia has all the skill required to cause problems to any defence in the country.

And with Newcastle looking to improve their attacking options, Kodjia should be a player who they are seriously considering making a move for before the Premier League season starts.

Jonathan Kodjia of Aston Villa holds off Tyler Blackett of Reading during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Reading at Villa Park on April 15, 2017 in Birmingham,...

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