Newcastle United desperately need to add some extra firepower in attack ahead of the 2018/19 campaign and that is why turning their attention to Derby County’s Matej Vydra could be a genius decision.
The Daily Mirror reports in its live transfer blog (8:16pm, 12 June) that Derby manager Frank Lampard is willing to listen to offers for the 26-year-old.
It is understood the Rams are looking to cut their wage bill and that is why the £30,000-a-week Czech Republic international could be heading for the exit doors of the Championship club.
The report details that he could be moved on for as little as £7million and that is why Newcastle must have him firmly in their thoughts.
Vydra has just enjoyed a stunning campaign with Derby by scoring 22 goals in 44 appearances and the technically gifted centre-forward deserves to be playing Premier League football.
He has only had a brief taste of top-flight football in England and St James’ Park could be the perfect home for another crack after proving he is prolific at Championship level.
Newcastle’s desire to sign a striker couldn’t be any greater this summer, as Dwight Gayle and Joselu failed to cut the required standard in the Premier League.
Benitez needs to try find an attacker that can comfortable score 10-plus goals for his side and Vydra could tick a lot of boxes if he hits the ground running, especially when he has a bargain £7million price tag over his head.
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