According to a report by Mondo Udinese, Leeds United have agreed to sign former Derby County striker Matej Vydra for £7 million ahead of January.

The Czech Republic international has struggled to make an impact at Burnley.

After topping Derby’s scoring charts in the 2017-18 campaign, Vydra moved to the Premier League club in a deal worth around £11 million.

Vydra, however, hasn’t had much game time at Burnley. Manager Sean Dyche has predominantly played Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes in a forward two.

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Since arriving at Turf Moor, he has made just 17 Premier League appearances.

There is no doubt Vydra plays better as a number ten. At Pride Park, former Derby boss Gary Rowett deployed him just behind a centre-forward such as David Nugent.

It allowed Vydra to pick up the ball between the lines. Moreover, he had licence to push forward on counterattacks and drive beyond the centre-forward.

 

Burnley and previously Watford play in a different style which seemingly restricts his game.

Leeds are currently second in the Championship table, five points clear of third-placed Fulham. After just missing out last year, the Whites are again going strong.

That said, Marcelo Bielsa’s side are among the lowest scorers gunning for promotion. Leeds have scored just 24 goals in 18 games, one less than strugglers Luton Town.

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Vydra could be the difference in their promotion hunt. The former Derby man is a proven talent at this level, and for £7 million, Leeds would be pulling off quite a deal.

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