Leeds United will have to compete with Newcastle United for the signature of Aston Villa’s Jonathan Kodjia according to a report from Express and Star.

The West Yorkshire side have made it clear they are looking to sign a new striker this summer and previous reports had linked them with a move for Derby County’s Matej Vydra. However while the Rams were willing to sell, Leeds pulled out of the deal when they saw Vydra’s sky-high wage demands. They have since turned their attentions to Kodjia.

While he has been a star striker for Villa since signing from Bristol City in 2016, the West Midlands side are in dire straits because of their failure to get promotion. They need to raise £40m to comply with Financial Fair Play restrictions and that means they are being forced to sell many of their top players which includes Kodjia. And Leeds are thinking that they can get a top player for much cheaper than market value because of it.

Leeds however will face complication in trying to sign Kodjia. Premier League Newcastle United have joined the race and their status in the top tier will give them the advantage. Previous reports have linked them with a move for West Bromwich Albion’s Salomon Rondon who they would be able to sign if they activated his release clause of £16.5m. But because of Aston Villa’s financial situation, they think they will be able to get Kodjia for much cheaper than Rondon. This now could be a big battle between historic titans of English football.

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