Derby County striker Matej Vydra will not be joining Leeds United this summer after a potential moved collapsed.
The striker was due to complete a £11million move to Elland Road but opted against the move when personal terms failed to be agreed.
Vydra managed to score 23 goals last season for a Derby side that made the play-offs but were unable to make it past the semi-final stage as they were defeated over two legs by eventual winners Fulham.
Manager Frank Lampard will now look to integrate the striker back in his squad or try to offload him before the transfer window closes in ten days time.
With the saga that was Vydra to Leeds now off after a whole summer of speculation, we at FLW gather the opinions of our writers on the now-defunct deal…
As long as Leeds sign a decent enough striker, then this isn’t too much of a blow.
To be honest, spending £11m and paying wages of £50k-per-week would be excessive for a player who does not even fit what Leeds need.
The Whites want a number 9, not a number 10 like Vydra, so Patrick Bamford could turn out to be a more shrewd addition.
I’d not be surprised if that changes, to be honest.
Taking it as it stands it’s obviously a blow for Leeds but Bamford coming in will at least soften that.
You must be annoyed if you’re a Leeds fan.
This deal looked inevitable, but due to Vydra’s wage demands, the deal collapsed.
Paying the reported £50k-a-week would have been extortionate for Leeds, so perhaps it’s a good move.
Bamford is a fantastic alternative though.
It will be a bit gutting for Leeds fans having seen the striker in the city recently, but it could be more damaging for Derby County.
The Rams are reliant on a big sale to merit the signing of Jack Marriott and the future signing of Martyn Waghorn and with this falling through it could be a worry.