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Kodjia Becomes City's First Summer Signing

Bristol City have completed the signing of Angers SCO forward Jonathan Kodjia for 3m.

The 25-year-old has penned a three-year contract, with a further year club option, during the club’s pre-season tour of Portugal.

Kodjia was one of the leading scorers in the French Ligue 2 last season, helping his side Angers to promotion.

Manager Steve Cotterill said of his new recruit: “We’re very pleased Jonathan has decided to join us because there has been lots of interest in him in the past year.

“He was voted Player of the Year in the French second division last season and has an excellent goals-to-game ratio (15 in 29 appearances in 2014/15).

“He’s a good age, has great pace, has scored some fantastic goals, and more importantly will fit into the young group we already have. We’ve kept an eye on him for the last 12 months, so it’s great we’ve been able to get him on board.

“When you look at the striker market out there now some of the prices quoted are completely out of our reach and unrealistic, so to get Jonathan at the price we have we feel is good business.

“Attack is an area we’re light in, especially with the injury to Kieran Agard, so now we have signed another striker that allows us to concentrate on strengthening other areas of the team.”

Kodjia began his career with Reims and enjoyed loan spells with Cherbourg, Amiens and Caen before switching to Angers in 2014.

The forward followed in the footsteps of Oliver Giroud and Diafra Sakho by collecting Ligue 2’s Player of the Year award last season, and is now looking forward to challenging himself in England.

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