This weekend saw the Sun On Sunday (04/08/2019, pg 67) report that Burnley had failed in a player-plus-cash deal to sign Kalvin Phillips this summer. The Clarets reportedly offered Leeds United a deal involving Matej Vydra.
Vydra, who according to Goal cost Burnley £11 million last summer, has fallen further down the pecking order since the return of Jay Rodriguez to his boyhood club.
Of course, Vydra is likely to be of interest to Leeds United. He certainly was last summer, as they tried and failed to bring him in from Derby County.
As reported by Sky Sports, the deal fell apart as Vydra had concerns about leaving Derby for a fellow Championship side, who had finished below the Rams the previous season.
The Yorkshire Evening Post suggested Leeds themselves cooled the interest. The Czech’s increased wage demands were reportedly the reason. However, the report did state Leeds were willing to offer Vydra £30,000-a-week and that Bielsa was a big fan of the player.
But whilst Leeds are right not to consider a deal which would also see key player Phillips leave the club, the Whites should certainly look at bringing in Vydra before the transfer window shuts this week.
As reported by Lancashire Live, the Czech international has now informed Burnley he wants to leave the club this summer, as he does not feel he will receive ample first-team opportunities at Turf Moor.
Leeds United might have to be in the hunt for another frontman before the window shuts on Thursday. Kemar Roofe, as reported by Sky Sports, is expected to join Anderlecht this week.
Whilst Leeds United have sold the likes of Jack Clarke, Pontus Jansson, and Bailey Peacock-Farrell to balance FFP regulations Roofe’s sale is likely more related to his expiring contract at Elland Road.
Leeds would be taking a huge risk by going with just Patrick Bamford in attack this season, especially after his knee problems last term.
Leeds United have been credited with interest by Lancashire Live and rightly so. If Roofe were to leave then getting a deal over the line for the £11 million man would be a huge boost for Leeds in their pursuit of promotion this season.