Leeds United have had a frustrating transfer window this summer as Marcelo Bielsa is keen on making his squad stronger for the upcoming Championship campaign.
Despite having added Chelsea duo Lewis Baker and Jamal Blackman to their ranks for this season, the Argentine has seen a number of deals failed to be completed since he arrived as the new manager.
One of those deals rumoured to have collapsed over the transfer window is a move for Derby County’s Matej Vydra. The Czech Republic international is thought to be available for a transfer this summer as the Rams look to clear him off their wage bill, however, personal terms were not met between the player and the Whites.
Phi Hay took to Twitter to confirm this piece of news when a fan asked him, however, he also revealed that the two clubs had agreed to a deal for the transfer to take place.
from what I'm told, a deal with Derby was essentially in place. Think it would have been an initial fee rising to around £11m. But Leeds won't meet Vydra's current wage demands so it's immaterial.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) July 17, 2018
The Yorkshire Evening Post journalist stated that there was an initial fee of around £11million for the player, however, it remained immaterial due to Leeds’ refusal to budge from their position about Vydra’s wage demands.
Leeds need a player of Vydra’s quality this season if they are to challenge for a place in the Premier League but many will feel they are correct in not moving from their initial offer.
The fact that the two sides had agreed to a deal before personal terms left the plans scuppered will provide Leeds with some confidence that a transfer could be revisited at some point, however, the Czech would need to drop his wages considerably.
It is thought that Vydra is holding out for a move to the Premier League, however, a move to the top-flight does not appear to be on the horizon, he may be best reducing those demands and staying in the Championship for another year at least.
Leeds fans – thoughts?