Leeds United transfer news: Whites ‘readying move’ for Aston Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia

6 Jul

Leeds United are considering making a move for Jonathan Kodjia, the Aston Villa forward, according to reports.

Marcelo Bielsa, named Leeds manager earlier this summer, has made it one of his priorities to bring a new striker to Elland Road ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

Kodjia was a prolific goal scorer before suffering two serious injuries

Talks have been going on between Leeds and Championship rivals Derby over a deal for Matej Vydra, last season’s second tier top scorer, but the Czech Republic forward’s move to Elland Road has been dragging on for a couple of weeks.

And, according to Football Insider, Leeds are ‘readying a move’ for Kodjia as an alternative to Vydra.

Villa could be forced to cash in on some of their star players this summer due to ongoing financial issues, and it is stated that a number of clubs are monitoring Kodjia’s situation.

Kodjia, the Ivory Coast international, has played for Villa for the last two seasons, since joining from Bristol City in August 2016.

Kodjia has scored five goals in 10 games for the Ivory Coast

The 28-year-old has scored 20 goals in 54 matches for Steve Bruce’s side, though Kodjia has endured a tough last year which has seen him undergo surgery on two serious ankle injuries. He returned to competitive football towards the end of the 2017/18 campaign, but ended the season with just one goal in 18 appearances.