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Having been relegated from the top division of English football for the first time since 1987 last season, Aston Villa are currently facing a slump in form.

The side are in 13th place in the Championship, way off competing for promotion back to the Premier League, having scored 28 goals but conceded 27.

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Forward Jonathan Kodjia is top scorer for the club with nine goals and while he has been away at the African Cup of Nations Villa have been struggling to score, netting only three times in their last four league matches.

With the Claret and Blue letting Rudy Gestede move to Middlesbrough, the club are in desperate need of a new striker to try and lift them up the table.

Middlesbrough’s Jordan Rhodes may be the answer to their problems in front of goal.

Steve Bruce has reportedly already had a bid for the top-flight striker rejected, but the club must make his signature a priority on deadline day.

With over 150 appearances in the Championship, the 26-year-old would provide the experience needed in front of goal to help Villa improve their place in the standings and launch a late promotion charge.

The club are allegedly holding out for around the amount they paid Blackburn Rovers for the striker and a deal for the attacker could be funded by the departures of Jordan Ayew and Ross McCormack as Villa are reportedly willing to listen to offers for them.

With the Villans not knowing when Kodjia will return from the African Cup of Nations, they need to turn all their efforts to signing Rhodes in the remaining hours of the transfer window to help improve their season.