Aston Villa fans react to links with Bundesliga striker Jhon Cordoba

Aston Villa fans look dejected during the FA Cup Final between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on May 30, 2015 in London, England.

Jhon Cordoba hasn't exactly justified his £13m move to Cologne this summer - but Aston Villa have still come calling.

Cologne's Colombian forward Jhon Cordoba reacts during the German First division Bundesliga football match FC Cologne v RB Leipzig in Cologne, western Germany, on October 1, 2017.

There haven’t been too many similarities between Bundesliga basement boys Cologne and La Liga leaders Barcelona this season. Yet, both clubs are united in knowing just how fickle the transfer market can be.

Barca were forced to make Dortmund starlet Ousmane Dembele the second most expensive player in history when reinvesting the world-record £200 million received for Neymar’s staggering move to Paris Saint-German.

And Cologne, though not quite breaking the nine-digit barrier, probably felt a little robbed when making Mainz’s Jhon Cordoba the replacement for China-bound talisman Anthony Modeste.

Cologne's French striker Anthony Modeste celebrates during the German first division Bundesliga football match of 1.FC Cologne vs Hertha BSC Berlin in Cologne, western Germany, on March 18,...

Modeste, scorer of 25 Bundesliga goals last season, cost Tianjin Quanjin £32 million – meaning Mainz felt empowered to demand £13 million from Villa for a striker who scored just five goals in 29 Bundesliga games in 2016/17, per The Sun.

It’s this goalscoring record, not to mention transfer fee, that has Aston Villa supporters far from unconvinced by reports that the Championship high-flyers are considering a January move for the Colombian striker.

The report claims that Steve Bruce wants to enhance his attacking options and is hopeful owner Tony Xia will provide the funds for a player who has not scored in seven Bundesliga appearances for his new club - though Modeste himself would have been proud of that 40-yard wondergoal against Arsenal in the Europa League.

Jhon Cordoba of FC Koeln scores the first goal during the UEFA Europa League group H match between Arsenal FC and 1. FC Koeln at Emirates Stadium on September 14, 2017 in London, United...

Overall, however, the £13 million does not look particularly well spent.

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