According to a report from The Express and Star, Leeds United and Newcastle United are interested in signing Aston Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia. The Midlands giants face the prospect of having to sell some of their most prized assets this summer following reports of financial problems, thus opening the door for the likes of Leeds and Newcastle to seal a deal that may be slightly cheaper than they originally thought.
But were Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds to indeed beat Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle to the £8.1 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt), it would be a huge statement of intent from the Yorkshire giants ahead of the new Championship season.
Ultimately, the chance to move up to the Premier League and play for a club as big as Newcastle is sure to be of interest to 28-year-old Kodjia, who has proven his worth at Championship level in recent times to warrant a crack at the English top-flight.
And with the Magpies in need of a forward in their bid to move to the next level this time round, making the move to the North East would make complete sense for the Ivory Coast international.
However, things appear to be heading in the right direction at Leeds following the hugely ambitious appointment of Bielsa as the club’s new manager, to the point that many are now feeling that the Whites are genuine Championship promotion contenders this season.
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And being a part of that at a club that haven’t really got close to returning to the Premier League since their relegation back in 2004 may well appeal to the 28-year-old, especially given that they, like Newcastle, could do with a goal-scorer of his calibre up top.
Kemar Roofe and Pierre Michel Lasogga were the only players to reach double figures for Leeds last term to suggest that they could do with more in the attacking third of the pitch, especially given that the latter was only on loan from Hamburg for last season.
And given Kodjia’s incredible goal-scoring record at Championship level, in which he has netted 38 times in 100 appearances, his arrival would go some way to reinforcing an already talented squad at Elland Road.
Yes, beating Newcastle to his signature is likely to be tough, but were Leeds indeed able to do just that, it would be a huge statement of intent to the rest of the Championship that they are serious about challenging for promotion this season.
Leeds fans… what do you think? Let us know!