Report: Derby eye Vydra replacement; must sell Leeds target first

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,...

Derby County are reportedly interested in signing Bobby Reid, but will have to sell Leeds United target Matej Vydra first.

Bobby Reid of Bristol City celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Watford and Bristol City at Vicarage Road on August 22, 2017 in...

According to a report from The Sun on Sunday (24/06; page 60), Derby have identified a potential replacement for Matej Vydra in Bobby Reid, but will have to sell their current forward before they pursue a move, in an update that is certainly going to be of interest to new Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa.

Vydra finished as the top goalscorer in the Championship last season, but the Rams appear to be willing to cash in on the Czech Republic international this summer and The Sun on Sunday reports that Leeds are keen on bringing him to Elland Road.

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.

The Yorkshire Evening Post recently reported that Vydra is likely to cost more than £10 million, while the same publication suggested that Bielsa was a big admirer of the 26-year-old, which is perhaps particularly interesting given that Leeds' reported interest was alluded to before the Argentine's appointment was confirmed.

And it appears that Leeds' pursuit of Vydra has received a boost, with The Sun on Sunday (24/06; page 60) reporting that Derby are interested in Bristol City's £8 million-rated star Reid but would have to sell the former Watford ace first before they try and lure Reid away from Ashton Gate

With Derby reportedly willing to listen to offers and now eyeing a replacement, it would perhaps be fair to suggest that Leeds may feel that they find themselves in a good position to negotiate a decent price for Vydra.

Lille's Argentinian head coach Marcelo Bielsa looks on  during the French L1 football match between Lille (LOSC) and Saint-Etienne (ASSE) at the Pierre-Mauroy Stadium in Villeneuve d'Ascq,...

With The Sun on Sunday reporting that West Brom and Bournemouth also want Reid, Frank Lampard may perhaps want to get Vydra off the books quickly to ensure that they do not fall behind in the race for their target - so perhaps it may not be out of the question to suggest that Vydra's future may be resolved sooner rather than later. 

The ball is perhaps in Leeds' court should Bielsa decide that Vydra is the man who could inspire the Whites towards a promotion charge next season. 

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