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10th Jun, 2018 | 11:15am

Leeds make approach to sign international striker with prolific Championship record - report

Leeds United have made an approach to Championship rivals Derby County to sign centre-forward Matej Vydra, according to a report.

The Yorkshire Evening Post claims that the Whites have made contact about landing the 26-year-old this summer, despite that fact he is valued in excess of £10million as Derby look to cut costs after missing out on promotion.

It is understood that the Yorkshire giants are considering the Czech Republic international, as talks continue with free agent Abel Hernandez about a switch to Elland Road.

Derby ace Vydra finishes last season as the top scorer in the Championship (21) and has a prolific record in England’s second-tier division, netting 65 times in 187 appearanes.

Football Insider verdict:

Leeds need perhaps three of four top signings over the summer to ensure they are in the mix for the promotion spots next season and adding a proven striker has to be a priority. The Whites were unable to replace Chris Wood last summer after his switch to Burnley and they ended up paying the price. However, Vydra would help solve a huge load of their problems and his return of 22 goals in all competitions last season shows how clinical he can be in front of goal. The 5ft 9in (source: Transfermarkt) attacker has a brilliant work-rate for his team and is composure in front of goal would make him a real cult hero at Elland Road. However, supporters must have reservations over his £10million price tag and it seems unlikely Leeds are going to fork out an eight-figure sum to secure his services. A deal for free agent still Hernandez appears to be in the pipeline and would be a cheaper alternative, but Vydra is perhaps the more dependable of the two strikers.

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