Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Derby County Set To Sign Ipswich Striker For £8m: Good News For Leeds United In Chase For Vydra?

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Ayush Chaurasia
Sports Management Graduate. Wannabe sports manager/writer and researcher. If not found disscussing about sports, will be seen talking about movies or tv shows. Miserable rest of the times.

According to latest reports, Derby County are close to landing Ipswich Town striker Martyn Waghorn. The 28-year-old forward had an impressive first season for Ipswich as he managed a good haul of 16 goals and 13 assists in the Championship. The player is said to have cost the Rams £8m which is a massive profit in just one year for the Blues as they signed him a season earlier from Rangers for £250,000.

Ipswich Town’s manager Paul Hurst had given an indication that Waghorn could be on his way out of the club after just one season. He had said,”I’m not going to say right now that ‘he’s not going anywhere’ but it will take a helluva lot of money and I don’t know if anyone is going to be willing to do that.”

£8m is certainly a ‘helluva’ lot of money which Hurst was talking about and the signing of a new striker by the Rams can have one implication, that is, last season’s top scorer Matej Vydra could be on his way out of the club.

The Rams owner had earlier indicated that they need to cut down on their losses and it is highly unlikely that he would have gives a green light to a £8m move when he already has a decent striker at the club. This news can bode well for Leeds United as they are one of the teams who are in the race to sign him.

However, the time is running out for Marcelo Bielsa as the Whites have made just two signings that too on loan and the club is in desperate need of a proven goal scorer who can score 15-20 odd goals. It’s believed that the Czech Republic striker is waiting for a move to the Premier League and if any of the top flight clubs come calling for him, the Whites are definitely going to lose their man.

Vydra has all the capabilities to lead the line for his side and the Peacocks shouldn’t think too much about splashing the cash to sign the striker. The player is highly unlikely to go to Leeds as Derby County themselves and other Championship clubs are better placed to fight for Premier League qualification. The only way through which the Peacocks can land him is by outbidding everyone in the race.

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If they are not willing to spend over £10m for a striker then the Whites should probably look at other alternatives as Vydra will be tough to lure to Elland Road given the impressive campaign he had last time around.

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