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Report: Nottingham Forest lead race for Aston Villa’s Jonathan Kodjia

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Report: Nottingham Forest lead race for Aston Villa’s Jonathan Kodjia

Nottingham Forest are the side currently leading the race to sign Aston Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia, according to Birmingham Live.

Despite Villa’s shortage of forwards, it would perhaps be little surprise to see Kodjia on the move this month. The 30-year-old has made just six substitute appearances for Dean Smith’s side in the Premier League.

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Villa would be taking a risk letting a striker leave with Wesley beginning what looks set to be a lengthy spell on the sidelines. But it appears that it is a risk that the Villans are prepared to take.

According to Birmingham Live, Kodjia is out of contract in the summer. And that may prompt the club to cash in this month rather than let him leave on a free at the end of the season.

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And Birmingham Live suggests that it is Forest who lead the battle for his signature.

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Kodjia is yet to score a goal at the highest level. But he has previously proven that he can make a big impact in the Championship.

 

He scored nine goals in 41 league games last season – having only started 22 times. The Ivory Coast international also scored 19 league goals in his first seasons at both Bristol City and Villa.

Forest certainly need more depth up front. But they are right in the promotion mix. Sabri Lamouchi’s men are fifth and have a game in hand over all of their rivals.

Given his contract situation, Forest may be able to negotiate a decent price for Kodjia. And if he can rediscover his best form, all of Forest’s rivals will be left to kick themselves for not making their own move.

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