Leeds handed boost in pursuit of Vydra

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Leeds United have advanced in negotiations over a deal for Derby County striker Matej Vydra with his wage demands handing the club a boost in sealing a deal, according to reliable journalist Phil Hay.

The Yorkshire Evening Post reporter, who is known as one of the most reputable writers covering events at Elland Road, claims on his personal Twitter account that talks over the 26-year-old forward have progressed, although the transfer fee, with the Rams rating him at a price of around £12million, is a sticking point.

However, the Whites are said to have no issue in meeting the money being asked for by the Czech hitman, which will give them real hope in pulling off a swoop this summer.


Leeds might have been playing a risky game last summer with cheap, unproven strikers to fill the void left by Chris Wood, but it seems as though they have learned from their mistakes and are sourcing Championship quality forwards to fire the club to success. Vydra, with 65 goals and 187 second tier appearances under his belt, certainly fits the bill for what new boss Marcelo Bielsa will want from his squad, and would be a talisman up front that has been lacking over the last 12 months. However, the £12million price tag is certainly steep and there is no way the Elland Road outfit will be able to pay that in one lump sum. With negotiations ongoing, this could be a slow burner, with both sides doing what they can to make sure it is a beneficial deal for them. At the moment, it certainly seems as though Derby would be the happier with that kind of money, but if Leeds can structure a deal involving bonuses and clauses, then it would definitely be a worthwhile swoop for the Whites.

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