By Derek Smithson
Leeds are reportedly interested in signing Omonia Nicosia striker Matt Derbyshire – and the club’s supporters have rallied on Twitter to show their anger at the interest.
The Daily Mail claim that recently appointed manager Thomas Christiansen could make a move for the 31-year-old striker, who he previously wanted to sign at his former club Apoel Nicosia.
It is understood that the Whites will face competition from Greek club Panthanaikos if they attempt to sign him this summer.
Former England Under-21 international Derbyshire could be be offered a move back to his homeland and he was in great form last season.
The forward made 37 appearances across all competitions for top-flight club Omonia in Cyprus, scoring 26 goals and supplying six assists in return.
He is no stranger to football fans in England after playing for the likes of Blackburn, Rotherham, Nottingham Forest and Birmingham in the past.
Leeds fans are not pleased with the reported interest in Derbyshire and one of them stated that it was 2017, suggesting that the striker has already had his peak.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Matt Derbyshire… i thought it was 2017, not 2007 ????♂️ #lufc
— Simon Gardner (@simamuofficial) June 18, 2017
Leeds being linked with Matt Derbyshire. Oh please no! Shows no ambition what so ever. ???? @LUFC
— Nathan morris (@Nathanm24032008) June 17, 2017
— ⚽Rob L.U.F.C ⭐⭐⭐ (@Bobbybeeston) June 17, 2017
Think I got too much sun yesterday. Imagined I'd seen us linked with Matt Derbyshire. #lufc
— Ian Taylor (@RupertTrousers) June 18, 2017
Matt Derbyshire no thanks. Is this the level of player we are looking at. Need signings to excite the fans!!!!
— SussexWhite (@winds1985lufc) June 18, 2017
WHY are we bring linked with players like Matt Derbyshire…?? #lufc
— Tony Harrison (@Rumoydin) June 18, 2017
If we sign Matt Derbyshire…. then I despair ???? #lufc
— Lisa & Jamie (@LisaJamie2602) June 18, 2017
Derbyshire has carved out a moderate career in English football and made a brief spell in the Premier League by making 76 appearancs, while also playing 136 times in the Championship.
Last season was the most prolific goalscoring campaign of the striker’s campaign and he could be given the opportunity to prove some doubters wrong at Elland Road.
In other Leeds transfer news, Garry Monk is preparing a move for the club’s 28-year-old.