Newcastle linked with surprise move to sign Ivory Coast international – Report

According to the Express and Star, Newcastle are ‘eyeing up’ a deal to sign Aston Villa’s Jonathan Kodjia – with Steve Bruce admitting that he’ll have to cash in on the striker to help combat the club’s current financial problems.

The story claims that Leeds are also interested in the 28-year-old, who’s scored 20 goals in 54 appearances at Villa Park.

This is a funny one and, if I had to guess, perhaps a case of papers putting two and two together – with Benitez clearly on the look out for a few new strikers and Villa desperately looking to raise funds.

Here’s a snippet from the Express & Star’s latest piece on the striker:

‘Newcastle and Leeds are eyeing up Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia after boss Steve Bruce admitted he would need to be sold this summer.

‘Leeds have cooled their interest in Derby Country striker Matej Vydra after baulking at his excessive wage demands.

‘Newcastle are on the hunt for a striker this summer and are also interested in Albion’s Salomon Rondon, who has a £16.5m release clause.

‘Kodjia could be available for less, however, because cash-strapped Villa need to sell him to bring in funds.’

If he was signed as Joselu replacement then he’d be a handy signing (especially as he’d come cheap), but he’s nothing like the proven striker we need to be leading the line for us in the Premier League next season.

He’s a handy player when fit, being capable of playing up top and out wide, however he had his fair share of injury issues last season and hasn’t really kicked on since scoring 19 goals for Villa in their 2016/17 Championship campaign.

Would you take him folks?

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Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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