Nottingham Forest are leading the race to sign Aston Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia, according to the Birmingham Mail.

The Reds have been linked with a plethora of strikers during January and are on the lookout for someone to challenge Lewis Grabban for his place.

Kodjia has fallen down the pecking order at Villa Park and could be on his way. The 29-year-old has played in nine games for Villa this season, scoring twice in the Carabao Cup.

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He hasn’t started a league game, however, and could return to the Championship during the transfer window.

His record in the second tier is good. During spells with Bristol City and the Villans he has scored 47 goals and registered 11 assists from 139 appearances.

Kodjia played alongside Grabban during the Forest player’s loan spell at Villa Park during 2017/18.

The lively striker will also be familiar with Albert Adomah who helped the club into the Premier League through the play-offs last season.

Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi will be looking at a number of striking options for this month.

The Reds are fifth in the division after Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Reading and some reinforcements would definitely enhance the team’s chances of staying in the top-six.

Nottingham Forest News View – Kodjia would be a signing to excite supporters

Forest could certainly do a lot worse than signing the Ivorian talisman.

The man with 24 caps for his country would be a different option to Grabban and he probably wouldn’t break the bank either.

Many supporters believe that any striker who comes in must be aware they are playing second fiddle to Grabban.

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The £6 million (BBC) striker is on 14 goals for the campaign and is unlikely to be dropped any time soon.

Kodjia would have to remain patient but given the demands of the Championship, he will get plenty of chances to play.

He is exciting, quick and gets himself into positions to score goals in and around the penalty area.

The Villa man could be exactly what Forest need and the club should move quickly to close out a deal.

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