Besiktas have shown an interest in signing Aston Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia, according to Turkish outlet Orta Cizgi.
The report suggests that Besiktas, who have a guaranteed place in the Europa League group stage this season, have begun negotiations for the Ivory Coast international.
Kodjia’s contract with Villa runs out in the summer of 2020, as per Transfermarkt.
Although, Dean Smith has said that the striker won’t be leaving Villa Park, according to Gregg Evans.
After Scott Hogan was allowed to leave on loan, Villa now only have three recognised strikers: Wesley, Kodjia and Keinan Davis.
With Davis only ever having made 18 senior starts in his career, it would be a major risk to entrust the 21-year-old to be Villa’s only out-and-out striker besides Wesley.
In contrast, Kodjia has 67 starts under his belt at Villa alone, having scored 29 goals and assisted eight times during his three years at Villa Park.
It was also made clear that Dean Smith trusts the Ivorian to make an impact in games, as he brought him on for the final 16 minutes of Villa’s season opener against Tottenham Hotspur – shortly after Tanguy Ndombele had equalised for Spurs.
While he isn’t Villa’s first-choice striker, Kodjia could prove to be an important player for the club this season coming off the bench or even starting some games.
It would be a large and unnecessary risk to let the Ivory Coast international leave, as that would leave the relatively unproven Davis as the only back-up option for Wesley.
Therefore, Villa should do all they can to avoid the advances of Besiktas as they try to sign the striker.
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