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Opinion: Leeds United transfer splash would give Bielsa the tools for promotion this coming season

Leeds fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping that new boss Marco Bielsa can make Derby forward Matej Vydra his first of the summer signing after being announced as their manager today.  

Leeds have been heavily linked with Hull forward Abel Hernandez and Peterborough’s Jack Marriott in recent months as they search for a new forward to push them into the Premier League.

United have been interested in signing the Czech forward who was last season’s top scorer in the Championship with 21 goals ahead of Lewis Grabban and Bristol’s Bobby Reid.

It was thought that Leeds were willing to offer £7 million for the Derby man but the Midlands club are now demanding £11 million for Vydra to leave the club, in order to fund a potential move for Reid.

It’s been reported that new Derby boss, Frank Lampard has been told that he needs to reduce the club’s wage bill after Derby missed out on promotion last season, starting with Vydra who’s on £30,000-a-week.

Leeds had looked set pay the £40,000 wage demands of Hernandez but new boss, Bielsa has set his sights on Vydra instead.

Vydra joined Derby in 2016 from Watford for £8 million and only has two years left on his current deal with the club. Vydra also had a loan spell with West Brom in the Premier League in the 2013-14 season but never really hit the heights he’s reached in the Championship.

If Bielsa can get his man, Leeds would have a top class forward on their hands and someone who would definitely help them push towards promotion next season. A wonderful forward, Bielsa could convert him into a Gabriel Jesus-like figure at Elland Road.

Thoughts? 

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