Striker Matej Vydra is edging closer to a move to Leeds United after reports emerged that he had been excluded from Derby County’s pre-season training camp in Tenerife.
The 26-year old Czech forward has been left at home by new manager Frank Lampard to work on his fitness, as Leeds negotiate the fee, which, according to The Daily Telegraph, is in the region of £11 million, and payment schedule.
Leeds under new manager Marcelo Bielsa, want Vydra as their marquee signing of the summer, and are hoping that the Czech international can reproduce for them the same form that has seen the former Watford striker score 27 times in two seasons at Pride Park.
The likely sale of Vydra is an indication of the financial restraints under which Lampard must work, with owner Mel Morris looking to trim the club’s wage bill to around £22 million.
Another forward, former Aston Villa man Andreas Weimann, is also set to leave Derby for Bristol City in a £2 million deal later this week.
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