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Aston Villa finalise £15m deal for Jonathan Kodjia

Aston Villa have bolstered their backline with the addition of Bristol City striker Jonathan Kodjia.

The Ivory Coast international has signed a four-year deal worth £11m, which could eventually rise to £15m with add-ons.

Villa have struggled to adapt to life in the Championship following their relegation from the Premier League last season, sitting in 16th place after five games.

Kodjia, 26, found the net 19 times last season for the Robins, in their first season in the second tier after winning promotion from League One.

City announced the deal was worth more than four times their previous record sale – when Ade Akinbiyi joined Wolves in September 1999 for £3.5m – and includes a sell-on clause.

Bristol City chief operating officer Mark Ashton said: ‘We’ve continually told Jonathan that we don’t want him to go, but recently he’s made it clear that he’s aware of the interest of other clubs and that he wanted to leave.

‘Due to the high profile nature and speculation surrounding the deal we have chosen to disclose the fee.

‘We will receive a total of £11m guaranteed, which has the potential to rise to £15m.

‘In addition, we have retained a sell-on clause for a percentage of any future profit.’

In May, Kodjia made his debut for the Ivory Coast national side, against Hungary. In June, he netted for the first time at international level, against Gabon.

 

By Steve Osborne                  @BlizzardSteve75