Leeds United have ended their longstanding interest in Derby County’s Matej Vydra according to a report from Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay.
One of the main targets Leeds have had this summer is Vydra. They have been very keen on signing a striker this summer and saw signing the Czech Republic man as a statement of intent. He had been a star player for Derby since signing for them from Watford in 2016, scoring 26 goals in 73 appearances. He was also key in them reaching the Sky Bet Championship play-offs before they eventually lost to Fulham.
But while Leeds have been keen on signing Vydra for a while, even seeming willing to pay the £10m valuation that Derby had put on him, it appears that their chase for him is over. Perhaps because they are closing in on a deal for Middlesbrough’s Patrick Bamford, with the striker set to have a medical tomorrow, they are dropping out of the race to sign the former Udinese man.
For some Leeds fans, they may be disappointed that they won’t be signing Vydra. He would have been a fantastic signing for them and because this chase has been going for so long it hurts to see that it won’t be happening. But with Bamford set to move to Leeds soon should his medical go fine, the pain of not signing Vydra won’t last too long. And now the West Yorkshire side must get ready for next week when they face Stoke City in the opening match of the season.