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With the Vydra looking off, Bielsa should consider this £4.5m-rated title winner instead

According to Phil Hay in the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds United are considering ending their pursuit of Derby’s Matej Vydra due to the striker’s wage demands. 

Vydra to Leeds has looked like a done deal for a while now, with new Rams boss Frank Lampard even leaving the Czech out of his squad for a pre-season training camp.

The 25-year-old’s wage demands appear to have scuppered the move though, leaving Bielsa needing to look elsewhere to find his new striker to bring to Elland Road.

Leonardo Ulloa

Leeds United won’t be linked with too many Premier League winners this summer, but Leonardo Ulloa is a realistic target who could bring a lot to Bielsa’s side.

Whilst the Argentine is certainly a different kind of striker to Vydra, he would help get the best out of some of Leeds’ other attacking talents.

The likes of Kemar Roofe and Samu Saiz ought to be able to capitalise on Ulloa’s knock downs and general hold up play. Equally, playmakers such as Mateusz Klich would appreciate Ulloa’s size and ability to take tricky balls under control quickly.

The 31-year-old has boasted a decent goal per game ratio at Premier League level, but struggled to find the net last season. A drop down to Championship level should help him return to more prolific ways.

Transfermarkt value Ulloa at £4.5 million, which is within Leeds’ reach. The forward is also entering the last year of his current contract, which Leicester are unlikely to be keen to renew, meaning he’s probably available this summer at a knock down price.

All in all, Ulloa to Leeds would be a savvy bit of business for the Yorkshire club.

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