By Noel Whelan

12th Jan, 2020 | 12:04pm

Exclusive: Whelan believes Leeds may sign PL attacker who reportedly could be open to exit

Noel Whelan believes Leeds United may finally sign Burnley forward Matej Vydra in January with them on the hunt for strikers.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the ex-Leeds striker admitted there has constantly been talk about Vydra arriving at Elland Road every season for about three years now.

It was reported in December that Leeds United had previously been linked with a move for the Burnley forward who likely has to force a move away from Turf Moor to get the game time he needs.

It is understood that a loan move on the face of things would make sense as the Clarets are unlikely to recoup the £11million they spent on him at this time, but Vydra could be open to an exit as it’s thought that he prefers a permanent move if he is going to leave.

Whelan shared that Vydra could possibly arrive at Elland Road in January as the Whites definitely need to add another striker to their books.

When asked if this window could finally be the one where Vydra arrives, Whelan told Football Insider: “Well possibly.

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“We keep hearing Vydra every season, it’s been three years now, we’ve been talking about Vydra.

“Listen Leeds will be linked to strikers due to their situation, so we need to fill those bases and we need to fill them with players who’ll make a difference.

“A striker through the middle needs to be the priority, we don’t need midfielders or widemen, we have an abundance of talent who can play in those positions, so we need a central striker, we have one on the books.

“And that’s not good enough at any level, so we need to be looking at that as a first port of call.”

Vydra has only played eight times this season across all competitions and is yet to score a goal.

The 27-year-old joined Burnley in August 2018 from Derby County and is contracted to stay at Turf Moor until 2021.

In other Leeds United news, Football Insider can reveal the club’s fierce rivals have set sights on signing two of their star players.