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Derby County Signs League One Hitman: How This Deal Can Affect Leeds United’s Summer Plans!

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Aakarsh Bommakanti
Was diving around lush green grass not so long ago but my keyboard is all I have now. An avid observer of detail in sports with a passion to make myself heard. Can find me playing on a field if not in front of my screen.

Leeds United are off to a slow start in the transfer window this summer. Having appointed Marcelo Bielsa as their new manager, the Whites are now desperate to add some quality to their first team this summer but are yet to complete their first permanent deal of this summer.

However, they continue to be linked with a number of exciting stars from around the country and one name that is frustrating them this summer is Derby County star Matej Vydra. Born and brought in the Czech Republic, Vydra first moved to England with Watford and spent time West Brom and Reading before joining Derby County in 2016. In his first year at Pride Park, he registered just five league goals but last season, he seemed to have picked up some pace in his progress and scored goals for fun in the Championship.

He ended the campaign as the top goal scorer in the competition, registering 21 goals and four assists but took the Rams no closer to a place in the top flight. And with Derby now starting afresh with Frank Lampard as their manager, they are set to make wholesale changes to their side this summer. As a part of the squad overhaul, they have signed Jack Marriott from Peterborough.

The first two offers from Derby for the striker were rejected by Peterborough, but the Rams have finally gotten the deal over the line. At just 23, he was in prolific form last season and was the top goal scorer in League One last season. Lampard seems convinced that he is the right man for his side and has finally managed to strike a deal.

This will be a huge boost for the Rams, who will now be happy to let Vydra quit the club this summer. As it is now certain, no club in the country is more desperate for his services than the Whites. Pierre-Michel Lasogga has returned to Germany while Caleb Ekuban has failed to deliver the goods so far. It leaves Bielsa with Kemar Roofe as his best striker, which has made the signing of Vydra a necessity for Leeds this summer.

Read More: Leeds United Now Turn Their Attention Towards This West Ham United Starlet: Good Fit For Bielsa?

Several reports also suggest that Derby County want Ipswich star Martyn Waghorn, who might cost them around £4m. So if Lampard wants Waghorn, he might be forced to sell Vydra to Leeds this summer. The Czech Republican ace is valued at £11m and the Peacocks are ready to meet his valuation, so a move to Elland Road does not seem too far away from Vydra this summer. But do you think he is the right man for Leeds?

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