Smith discusses Jonathan Kodjia’s future as Aston Villa’s transfer pursuit hots up

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith says he is confident that his side will not lose the services of Angers on-loan striker Jonathan Kodjia this month.

The striker has been linked with a return to his parent club in France but Smith insisted there has been no approach.

“We’ve not spoken of that at all,” the boss told Birmingham Mail.

“He is second top scorer at the club and there is no reason we would be looking for Jonathan to leave.

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“He (Kodjia) has been the one who would come in for Tammy Abraham and he has played wide left for us as well.

“I do not know of any interests or bids for our players and we are not welcoming any.”

Aston Villa have been impressive in the Championship this term as they look to return to Premier League action. Striker Tammy Abraham has been scoring to ensure the side’s promotion.

Angers currently play in French Ligue 1.

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