Kodjia capable of shining at Newcastle, must pick Toon over Leeds

Jonathan Kodjia of Aston Villa in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on September 12, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia is reportedly interesting Newcastle and Leeds.

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.

Leeds United and Newcastle United are both reportedly interested in signing Aston Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia this summer, but the Ivory Coast international's decision should be an easy one.

The Express and Star claim 28-year-old striker Kodjia is interesting both Leeds and Newcastle, with Steve Bruce admitting that the former Bristol City forward will need to be sold in order to balance the books at Villa Park.

Kodjia starred in his first season at Villa following his £15million move to Villa from The Robins, scoring 19 goals in 35 league and cup appearances. However, last term, he managed just one in 19 with injuries hampering his progress.

Leeds remain in the hunt to finally end their 14-year stay out of the Premier League, after suffering relegation in 2003-04 and the appointment of Marcelo Bielsa is sure to tempt big names to Elland Road.

But Kodjia is a striker that is capable of scoring in the Premier League and he possesses the ability to be considered first-choice at St. James' Park, with Rafa Benitez desperately in need of a striker.

Aleksandar Mitrovic is expected to leave Newcastle, while Joselu and Dwight Gayle have hardly wowed fans during the 2017-18 season - amassing a combined total of just 10 Premier League goals.

Jonathan Kodjia of Aston Villa misses a penality during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Bristol City at Villa Park on February 28, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

The Toon brought in Islam Slimani after failing to sign Nicolai Jorgensen and Daniel Sturridge in January, but he too failed to find the back of the net on a regular basis. Kodjia would certainly be first choice at Newcastle.

Indeed, if the Ivorian has any ambition, a move to Newcastle is likely to see him earn more money, and ply his trade in the Premier League compared to the Championship with Leeds. A no-brainer, then, for Kodjia.

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.

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