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Aston Villa plot January move for Bundesliga striker

Aston Villa want to sign FC Cologne striker Jhon Córdoba in January, according to The Sun.

The 24 year-old Colombian striker made the headlines when he scored a superb goal for the Bundesliga club against Arsenal in the Europa League last month. Villa boss Steve Bruce is said to be plotting a move for him and sees him as a potential replacement for Ross McCormack.

Córdoba started his career with Envigado in Colombia. He then had 3 spells in Mexico with Chiapas, Queretaro and Dorados. This was before he moved to Spanish side Espanyol, where he scored 4 goals in 28 games before joining Granada in 2014.

He scored another 4 goals in his only season with Granada before he was loaned out to German side Mainz 05, who signed him on a permanent deal in 2016. He scored 9 goals for Mainz. FC Cologne signed him this summer, for a fee in excess of £12 million.

Aston Villa are said to be impressed by the Colombian’s performances for his new club so far. Although he does not have a prolific goal scoring record, he is a very powerful striker and holds the ball up well. Steve Bruce believes he would be a useful acquisition for his side who will look for more reinforcements in January as they look to bolster their squad who as they look for promotion.

Villa already have strong attacking options in Jonathan Kodjia, Scott Hogan, Keinan Davies, Robert Snodgrass and Albert Adomah. Jhon Córdoba would be a useful signing and would strengthen them even more.

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