If Leeds do sign Matt Derbyshire, Gaetano Berardi may need an apology

Gaetano Berardi of Leeds United shoots at goal

Leeds United have been linked with a move for Matt Derbyshire, who Gaetano Berardi will remember well.

Matt Derbyshire of Rotherham United celebrates scoring his teams second goalMatt Derbyshire

Leeds United are potentially looking at a move for striker Matt Derbyshire, The Mail reports, although current star Gaetano Berardi may not be so welcoming.

Derbyshire has plenty of experience facing Leeds - playing the Whites on eight occasions during his career and winning four.

It was on his most recent league encounter against Leeds where he was given a straight red card for a clash with Swiss ace Berardi.

Derbyshire was dismissed for Rotherham after his elbow caught Berardi square in the face.

Berardi was left bloodied and bandaged, images which only helped endear him to the Elland Road faithful.

BBC Sport reported that Derbyshire successfully appealed his red card claiming it was accidental - but intent aside, Berardi did not elbow himself in the face.

Gaetano Berardi of Leeds United shoots at goalGaetano Berardi of Leeds United shoots at goal

If the pair are reunited, it could make for an uncomfortable initial reunion.

The link to Derbyshire has come about due to his performances in Cyprus for Omonia Nicosia, where he netted 20 goals in 24 league games.

Leeds last week appointed former APOEL boss Thomas Christiansen, who saw Derbyshire's success at close quarters last season.

Rotherham United's Matt Derbyshire in action against Blackburn Rovers Marcus OlssonRotherham United's Matt Derbyshire in action

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