Jonathan Kodjia would bring pace, power and quality to Leeds United

Ivory Coast's forward Jonathan Kodjia celebrates after scoring a goal during their international friendly football match against Russia in Krasnodar on March 24, 2017.

Leeds United are said to be interested in signing the Aston Villa forward.

Ivory Coast's forward Jonathan Kodjia celebrates after scoring a goal during their international friendly football match against Russia in Krasnodar on March 24, 2017.

Jonathan Kodjia would be a huge upgrade for Leeds United, after a season with Pierre-Michel Lasogga leading the line for them.

According to the Express and Star, Leeds are keen on Kodjia, as they look to take advantage of Aston Villa’s financial struggles.

If Leeds could bring Kodjia to Elland Road it would be a hugely exciting transfer, as the Ivorian international has so much quality.

Jonathan Kodjia of Aston Villa celebrates 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,...

Leeds fans were forced to watch the laborious Lasogga last term, but Kodjia could hardly be different.

While Lasogga did have his strengths, and was a clinical finisher, his lack of mobility was a major frustration.

With Kodjia up top Leeds would have no such worries, and his goalscoring record at Championship level is also highly credible.

David Stockdale of Brighton & Hove Albion dives Aston Villa Jonathan Kodjia of Aston Villa watches an effort go wide of the post during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brighton &...

Despite not always playing as an outright number nine, Kodjia has racked up 19 goals on two separate Championship seasons.

And if Leeds can bring in the 28-year-old from Villa, then he would be a wonderful addition to Marcelo Bielsa’s squad.

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