Leeds United are reportedly keeping the door open for Derby County striker Matěj Vydra this summer. According to recent reports, the Peacocks are hoping to secure the services of the Rams forward during the summer transfer period.
The West Yorkshire outfit has already launched an official offer in the region of £11m for the highest goal-getter of the English Championship last season. Some sources are now claiming that Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa is keen to make Vydra his marquee signing of the summer as he looks to build a team capable of competing for a promotion spot in the upcoming campaign.
It is understood that the Czech Republic international is currently working to regain his fitness at Derby’s training ground as the Whites try to finalise his transfer to Elland Road. The Rams could be desperate to let their prized asset depart in this post-season mainly because the club’s owner Mel Morris wants to lower the wage bill down to around £22m.
The 26-year-old had put in some scintillating performances for the East Midlands outfit during the course of last season which has not gone unnoticed by the Whites. Vydra had made 44 appearances for Derby last season, finding the back of the net 22 times while creating 4 assists in all competitions. He is exactly the kind of player who can help the West Yorkshire side mount a realistic challenge for one of the playoff spots next season as he is a proven goal-scorer and knows what it takes to be successful.
The Whites of Yorkshire had only managed to claim an underwhelming 13th placed finish in the league last term. Hence, their Argentine manager is in dire need of some quality acquisitions in this off-season if his players are to compete for top honours in the following campaign.
The addition of Vydra will definitely bolster Leeds’ attacking options at Elland Road. The Peacocks has some top-class forwards in their ranks such as Tyler Roberts, Jay-Roy Grot, Caleb Ekuban and Paweł Cibicki vying for a starting berth in Bielsa’s frontline. The potential acquisition of Vydra will undoubtedly improve their side significantly and add more competition for places within the Leeds squad.
At 26, the Czech sensation still has his prime years ahead of him which the Whites could look to benefit from, in the coming years. It remains to be seen what lies ahead in the future of Vydra and whether he ends up making a switch to West Yorkshire before the start of the new season.