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Leeds potentially spending so much on Matej Vydra is illogical

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.

Leeds United are reportedly interested in the 26-year-old.

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

According to the print edition of The Sun [10/06/2018, page 60], Leeds United are interested in a move for Derby County attacker Matej Vydra. The report reckons that the 26-year-old is a 'staggering £10 million' target for Leeds, but The Mirror's Live Transfer Blog [12/06/2018, 20:16] reckons that £7 million might be enough.

Either way, that might be a tad expensive for a player who the Whites don't strictly need, and questions ought to be asked if it goes ahead.

Lord knows that Leeds have a lot of work to do in order to realistically challenge for promotion next season, but Vydra, who earns £30,000 per week according to The Mirror, is primarily a number 10 and do the Whites really need one? Probably not.

With Samu Saiz and Pablo Hernandez, the West Yorkshire side have two of the best playmakers in the Championship and spending that amount on another one seems rather needless.

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.

Leeds could do a lot of good with £10 million but there are other areas of the squad which need to be addressed urgently.

United need at least two strikers, at least two centre-backs and at least one goalkeeper and signing another playmaker before any of them would indicate perhaps that their priorities are messed up.

Vydra, who can also play up front, is at his most effective in the hole and hypothetically it seems illogical that Leeds would spend so much money on him if they didn't intend to play him there.

But the presence of Saiz and Hernandez means that signing a playmaker should be literally last on the list of areas which need improving.

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