Turkish side Besiktas are closing in on agreeing terms to sign Aston Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia, according to a report published by Fotomac

Villa are reportedly willing to part ways with the player after they brought in Trezeguet and Wesley Moraes during the summer transfer window.

Dean Smith’s Villa outfit spent heavily on building a side that can avoid relegation from the Premier League this season and it would be wise for them to offload a few fringe players in order to balance the books and bring in some funds to the club.

Kodjia provided key cover for Tammy Abraham for the Villans last season as he went on to score nine goals in 42 games.

However, due to the signings which Smith’s side made, it is likely that he would have had a reduced role in the Villasquad this season. He also has just one year remaining on his contract so it would be smart to sell him now and gain a fee for his departure.

Selling him also allows the club to get him off their wage bill.

The 29-year-old Kodjia joined Villa from Bristol City during the summer of 2016 after the club was relegated from the Premier League.

During his three years at Villa Park, he has gone on to score 29 goals from 90 league appearances. He was prolific during his first season with the club as he went on to score 18 goals from 36 Championship appearances during the 2016/17 campaign, but struggled for consistency during the seasons thereafter.

A gracious parting of ways is the best thing for both club and player right now.


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