There’s a report in the Express & Star that Newcastle are interested in 28-year-old Aston Villa forward Jonathan Kodjia.
Kodjia looks a decent player, and he was born in France of Ivorian parents and has been capped 10 times by the Ivory Coast since he made his debut in a friendly game with Hungary in May 2016.
Aston Villa have got themselves into a terrible financial mess by overspending in the hope they could get quickly promoted back to the Premier League.
But after losing in the playoff final to Fulham in May, they are in dire straights right now – which has to be really worrisome for their fans.
Aston Villa forward Jonathan Kodjia
Villa’s Geordie manager Steve Bruce has said the club will have to sell their top players to try to survive financially.
Leeds United are the other club interested in the 6ft 3ins tall forward who joined Aston Villa two years ago from Bristol City.
Kodjia had been in excellent form for Villa scoring 19 goals in 36 games in the Championship two years ago.
But last season he missed a lot of the games (he played 19 games – one goal and 3 assists) through injury so that may be one concern Rafa has.
The other is that he cost Villa up to £15M (£11M rising to £15M) and that kind of fee is risky when he’s unproven at the top level and may have chronic injury problems
It could be that Villa will need to sell their players sometimes at a loss because they have to quickly get some money in; that means a cash bid from Newcastle could see the fee be quite low for the Ivory Coast forward.
Maybe Salomon Rondon would be a better bet if the fee is £16M because the Venezuelan has played three seasons with West Brom in the Premier League and he would be less of a risk.