Although the English summer transfer window has now slammed shut, the European window remains open until the beginning of September, and I guess as a consequence of Wesley immediately replacing Jonathan Kodjia in head coach Dean Smith’s Aston Villa side for the opening day Tottenham Hotspur clash, he continues to be linked with a move away this month.
Smith himself has always spoken pretty positively about Kodjia’s future and the role he will play for us this season, but that doesn’t stop the rumour mill and he’s now being linked with a possible move to Turkish side Besiktas.
The report claims that talks are ongoing between the clubs on a potential deal, but I’m not so sure myself for a few reasons. With Wesley still to settle and Keinan Davis still developing his goal touch, we all know what Jimmy Danger can do when he’s in the mood and given we can’t bring in a replacement until January, I don’t see us leaving ourselves short – we learnt that lesson last year in defence!
Add to that, Turkish sides in every transfer link I’ve seen are always loan to possibly buy, given the differences in financials, Kodjia’s scoring record would suggest we would look to at least breakeven, so why would we leave ourselves short for six months, to do them a favour?
Okay, maybe we are looking at the free agent market for cover but that just loops us back to Daniel Sturridge and I flat out refuse to believe that one.
If this happens then Sturridge is coming in.
— ✡ MKL (@mylokieran) August 14, 2019
The only way this would happen is if the transfer goes through in January.
— Jack (@Jack_2260) August 14, 2019
Can't believe there is anything in this. If we let him go we'd be desperately short.
— Ashley Ingram (@Ingramash) August 14, 2019
Besiktas wants Kodjia. Was asking this when we didn't sign a striker. What if someone comes in with £8-9m for Kodjia? Surely its too good an offer to turn down? But then what? Missing out on a striker was really bad IMO. #avfc
— Chrsmo (@Chrsmo) August 13, 2019
Kodjia is his cover for striker and winger, he is going nowhere, smith has said he thinks he is more suited to the prem, this is a nothing story.
— villa1 ???? (@villa116978717) August 14, 2019