Reports in the media are claiming that Championship side Leeds United are chasing the signature of Derby County forward Matej Vydra. The Czech international was Derby’s number one hitman last season as he went on to score 22 goals throughout the season to help the Rams land a playoff spot in the Sky Bet Championship.
He arrived at Derby County back in 2016 from Watford for a reported fee of £8m and has been prolific last season. He got off to a slow start in his Derby career as he scored only a few goals in the first term but he has scored 21 league goals this season in the Championship.
His tally of 21 league goals saw him land the Golden Boot prize in the second division as he finished as the top scorer in the league. The player from the Czech Republic is also being shown keen interest by other English Premier League sides and Championship sides. Newly added residents of the Championship Stoke City are reportedly ready to rival Leeds United in search of the player’s services.
It is being believed that although Derby would in no way like to lose their star man, especially to a direct rival, the club may be forced to make a sale. They are falling short of funds in order to balance their Financial Fair Play and the Rams may be forced to sell their best player to balance the books.
It is being reported that Frank Lampard’s men will want to charge in the region of around £10m for any interested suitor of Matej Vydra. Derby lost their two star players in Tom Ince and Will Hughes last season due to the same inconvenience of the Financial Fair Play and the club executives will have to be smarter so as to not repeat such drastic measures of selling players to balance books on a regular basis.
It is being reported that Leeds United, who are yet to appoint a manager, will take advantage of this financial constriction situation at Derby and use it to their advantage to bring in Vydra. The Whites had a disappointing season this time and finished far off from a playoff spot.
They would look to get their new campaign off to a better start and signing last year’s Golden Boot winner would be the perfect confidence booster Leeds would need.