Should West Bromwich Albion enter race for Aston Villa's Jonathan Kodjia?

Aston Villa's Jonathan Kodjia heads at goal

West Brom boss Tony Pulis is believed to want a new striker this summer.

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony PulisWest Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis

West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis is believed to want a new striker this summer.

Actually, it's quite obvious, what with Salomon Rondon being the Welshman's only recognised player in that position, and having failed to score a goal since December.

What's also fairly evident is that Aston Villa have themselves a good one in Jonathan Kodjia - the Ivorian scoring 19 goals in 34 games for the Baggies' local rivals.

Both Everton and Stoke City are said to be circling around Kodjia, for whom Villa paid a Championship record £15 million in August, although it's claimed the Toffees could have bigger fish to fry than a player who at 27 has still never played in the top flight in any country.

That shouldn't deter West Brom, however. They've never been put off by second tier recruits, with Chris Brunt, Craig Dawson and Gareth McAuley all Premier League virgins before moving to The Hawthorns.

Besides, Kodjia's career is undoubtedly on an upward trajectory, having been crowned Ligue 2's player of the year, scored 38 Championship goals and won 10 caps for his country - finding the net in half of those - over the course of the past three campaigns.

Aston Villa's Jonathan Kodjia celebrates scoring their second goalAston Villa's Jonathan Kodjia celebrates (centre)

And while he wouldn't come cheap, the pacey front man could be worth the Baggies' investment - not least the bragging rights his move from Villa Park would bring.

Would the Aston Villa striker be a good signing for West Bromwich Albion?

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