Derby County’s top goalscorer this term, Matej Vydra, could be sold in the summer to balance the books as the Derby County owner feels that their current wage bill is too high. Vydra has been terrific for the Rams this season as they narrowly missed out on the playoff final spot after they were beaten by Fulham over the course of two legs.
The Cottagers are currently considered as favourites to sign the Czech forward. Vydra has previously played under Slaviša Jokanović when both of them were at Watford together. The forward has been impressive this term for Derby County as they finished in the 6th spot. He managed 22 goals and 4 assists from 44 appearances.
According to reports, Derby County will demand a fee in the region of £8m and Fulham can certainly have their man, especially if they make it to the Premier League. They will be taking on Aston Villa in the playoff finals and the Cottagers will be considered as the favourites to become the third team to reach the Premier League after Wolverhampton Wanderers and Cardiff City.
Vydra spent some time on loan with West Bromwich Albion this season and they are also in line looking to sign the forward. However, with them going down to the Championship, Fulham will probably be the first choice for the striker if they make it to the Premier League. Swansea City, another one of the relegated team is also considering a move for him.
The Cottagers currently deploy Aleksandr Mitrovic in the striker’s role and he has done well under Slaviša Jokanović. He will probably be the first choice for the manager to have him as a striking option for next season. But Vydra will definitely be the cheaper option. However, if they qualify to the English top flight, the playoff winner takes home a good amount of winning purse and getting both of the attacking force shouldn’t be a problem for the Cottagers.
Even if they move in for Mitrovic, Vydra’s move to Fulham will make sense as the forward is capable of playing down the left wing. So we might see both Vydra and Mitrovic as a strike force next season for the Cottagers. In a few days time, we will get to know whether they will stay in the Championship or move up to the Premier League. A move to the top division will pave a new pathway for the club and they can attract a whole lot of players at their club including Vydra.