Report: West Brom want Matej Vydra, can offer better wages than Leeds

Matej Vydra of Derby County celebrates after scoring the second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Derby County at St Andrews (stadium) on January 13,...

West Bromwich Albion are reportedly interested in beating Leeds United to the signing of Matej Vydra this summer.

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.

According to a report from the Yorkshire Evening Post, West Brom have joined the race to sign Matej Vydra this summer and would be able to offer the Derby forward a significantly better wage than Leeds can.

Vydra appears to be one of the most highly sought-after strikers in the Championship during this window. The 26-year-old finished as the division's top goalscorer this past season and yet, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports that Derby are prepared to sell him ahead of Frank Lampard's first campaign at Pride Park. 

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The Yorkshire Evening Post adds that Marcelo Bielsa - the Argentinian that Leeds are in talks with about the vacant head coach's position at Elland Road - is a fan of the Czech Republic international and there have been preliminary discussions regarding a potential move for the forward this summer.

However, Vydra's old club are reportedly set to rival Leeds for his signature, with the Yorkshire Evening Post suggesting that West Brom are also monitoring the striker's situation and would be able to offer a much more lucrative contract than the Whites could.

Darren Moore is preparing his side for life in the Championship and will surely be expecting to have to replace a number of the club's key men from their Premier League run. While Vydra's record with the Rams this past season is superb, it would be no surprise if news of the Baggies' interest left The Hawthorns faithful slightly concerned.

West Bromwich Albion's caretaker manager Darren Moore gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion at St...

Vydra previously spent a season on loan at West Brom and managed just three goals in 25 appearances for the club. He did only start seven times in the league in that time, but it is still an underwhelming record.

And with a previous report from the Yorkshire Evening Post suggesting that Derby will want in excess of £10 million, it would surely have to be considered a major gamble to push forward and offer Vydra a second spell with the Baggies this summer. 

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