Aston Villa’s Jonathan Kodjia is ready to embark on a new challenge in Qatar.
Al-Gharafa wrote in a translate Tweet on Thursday: “Ivorian International Jonathan Kodjia arrives in Doha tomorrow, God willing, to perform a medical examination, in preparation for signing a contract.”
The striker reportedly didn’t train with Villa this week in preparation for his exit from Villa Park, where he’s been since 2016.
The Ivory Coast international has made just six Premier League appearances this term for Dean Smith’s side.
The writing has seemingly been on the wall for Kodjia for a while, with Smith having shown unwavering faith in Wesley before his injury, despite his struggles in front of goal.
As Kodjia prepares for pastures news, Villa are reportedly chasing a £10 million deal for Genk striker Mbwana Samatta (BBC Sport).
TBR’s view – Kodjia exit the right move
£35,000-a-week Kodjia (Spotrac) moving on from Villa Park is a move that suits all parties.
He hasn’t been fancied at all by Smith following the club’s promotion to the Premier League.
It’s definitely a risk for Villa to be putting their trust in a new striker to save them from relegation but, simply put, Kodjia just didn’t show enough for Smith to entrust him with that responsibility.