Moving for Kodjia could transform Wednesday’s season

Sheffield Wednesday could reportedly shift another striker of their wage bill this week as Greek side Panathinaikos have moved to sign Steven Fletcher, and the Owls can fire themselves into the promotion race by replacing him with Jonathan Kodjia.

What’s the story?

According to Greek outlet SDNA, Panathinaikos are in talks to sign Fletcher, and the Sheffield Star have confirmed the Greek side’s interest.

Fletcher has two years left on his £30,000-a-week deal at Hillsborough, and getting those wages off the books would be absolutely massive for the club.

The Owls desperately need to trim their wage bill this summer, so offloading both Jordan Rhodes and Fletcher would be an excellent start.

The sell-to-buy strategy is certainly a frustrating one, but if Fletcher does leave, then Jos Luhukay should absolutely be eyeing Aston Villa’s Kodjia as his one major deal of the summer.

The Ivory Coast international, who has 38 goals in 100 Championship appearances, is one of several players who could leave Villa Park due to their precarious financial situation, and the opportunity to get a striker this good for a bargain price will not come around again.

Just how good is he?

Kodjia struggled with injuries last season, making just nine Championship starts, but when fully fit he is one of the most clinical strikers in the league and an absolute handful for opposition defenders.

The 28 year-old scored 19 goals for Bristol City the year before his move to Villa, and then replicated that exact amount in his first season at Villa Park. For reference, Atdhe Nuhiu has only hit double-digit Championship goals once since joining Wednesday, grabbing 11 last season.

The best thing about Kodjia is of course his ability to stick the ball in the back of the net, but he’s so much more than just a goalscorer. The towering striker, valued at £8.1m by Transfermarkt, has great link-up play and passing for a big man, and uses his strength and surprising technical ability to serve as a focal point for his side.

It’s going to be a frustrating transfer window for Sheffield Wednesday, but replacing two unwanted strikers on big wages with a proven goalscorer who could fire them into the top six would be their best bit of business in quite some time.

So, Wednesday fans, would you like to see a move for Kodjia? Could you afford him with all the outgoings? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below…