Derby County boss Frank Lampard confirms departures likely, amid Matej Vydra to Leeds United rumours

Frank Lampard of Chelsea celebrates during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium on January 12, 2013, in Stoke-on-Trent, England.

Leeds United are said to be closing in on signing Derby County striker Matej Vydra.

Chelsea's English midfielder Frank Lampard leaves the pitch at the end of an open training session at Stamford Bridge in London on on December 19, 2011. Chelsea, fourth in the Premier...

Frank Lampard has confirmed to the Derby Telegraph that there will be departures at Derby County before the close of the transfer window, offering Leeds United further hope in their pursuit of Matej Vydra.

Leeds have been after Vydra all summer, but finally appear to be making progress in the deal.

The Sun claim that Leeds are ready to snap up Vydra in an £11 million deal, after offering the striker a £40,000-a-week contract.

And Lampard’s latest comments about the Derby front man offer Leeds even more hope that a deal is edging closer.

"There probably will be,” Lampard said when asked about departures at Derby.

Matej Vydra of Derby scores the first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Nottingham Forest at iPro Stadium on October 15, 2017 in Derby, England.

"We will do things we think are right in terms of ending up with a squad that is not too big.

"The squad can't be too big because players can't be used enough, but at the same time we want it to be quality.

"We will look to see if there is potential movement.”

Derby appear to have already planned to replace Vydra, with Jack Marriott signing at Pride Park and Martyn Waghorn expected to follow suit.

Leeds, meanwhile, are finally pressing on with their transfer plans.

Leeds have had a frustrating summer so far, but appear to be on the verge of exciting deals for both Vydra and Barry Douglas.

Matej Vydra of Derby County in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Barnsley at iPro Stadium on May 6, 2018 in Derby, England.

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