As if once again falling at one of the final hurdles wasn’t painful enough, Derby County’s play-off failure could be compounded by the loss of star striker Matej Vydra.
According to The Telegraph, The Rams need to slash their budget as they prepare for another season of Championship football and this could see the Czech talisman sacrificed in a desperate bid to raise funds.
Vydra, who scored 21 goals last season to earn the Golden Boot, is understood to be available for around £8 million – a fee that should catch the eye of a number of other Championship clubs.
And, to rub salt into the wounds, the Stoke Sentinel has suggested that Vydra could end up reuniting with former Derby boss Gary Rowett, who left Pride Park for Stoke City one week after Fulham turned around that one goal deficit in the play-off semi-final second leg at Craven Cottage.
It is understood that Rowett has now returned from his holiday and will sit down with Stoke chiefs to discuss incomings and outgoings for the summer. And the report states that Rowett’s list of transfer targets will be headlined by Vydra, who should be within Stoke’s budget at £8 million.
Goal-scoring was a major problem for The Potters last season, so signing Vydra, who has broken the 20-strike barrier in the Championship twice in his career, would surely walk into their starting XI.