By Dave Woods

5th Dec, 2019 | 3:57pm

MOT View: Hay anecdote proves Leeds right not to consider £7m transfer in January

Matej Vydra is haunting Leeds United, a year and a half since a proposed move to Elland Road fell down. 

The latest in a long line of reports linking the striker to a move to Leeds this January has come from MondoUdinese who go as far as saying that Leeds have already completed a £7m deal for the player and that he will join in January.

A bit of history. Leeds were interested in signing Vydra in the summer of 2018 but ended up signing Patrick Bamford, with Vydra going to Burnley, where his career has nosedived.

They paid £11m, so they’re willing to take a loss on a player who has only scored two goals for them.

Meanwhile, Bamford is flourishing at Leeds.

Talking on the latest episode of the Phil Hay Show (The Athletic), Hay was asked about Vydra and whether a move might get resurrected if Eddie Nketiah is recalled.

His answer was fairly unequivocal. “No.”

He went on: “There are any number of reasons for this. If he’s at £7m which was what was being mooted earlier in the week Leeds still wouldn’t be able to afford him. Plus his wages would be up there with the highest earners at the club.

“Fitness-wise how long would he take to get up to Bielsa’s speed? He’s hardly played for Burnley, I think he was on the bench last night against Man City but he’s done very little in the time since he’s been there. You can imagine him getting up to speed by the time everyone else is flying off on holiday.

“But the biggest thing is when Leeds tried to sign him, this is what I’ve been told at Leeds and I’ve no reason to think it’s not true. When he turned up at Leeds outside the station, the bar opposite the station. On that Friday he was trying to speak to Bielsa who didn’t want to see him.

“Eventually, Angus Kinnear spoke to him. It had been going on for so long and he hadn’t shown that much interest, but it was getting to the point where he needed a club, needed a move. He was asked, basically, are you excited about this move, to which he replied, well I did hope to be moving to the Premier League, but such is life and I’d think about taking this.

“Leeds thought, he’s not that interested, he’s a lot of money and we shouldn’t sign someone who feels like that. On that basis alone I don’t think at any price Leeds would consider signing Vydra.”

It’s a brilliant story and if that doesn’t put the nail in the coffin of Vyrda coming to Leeds, certainly this summer and likely ever, we don’t know what will.

Leeds want players who want to play for them. Vydra didn’t then and we shouldn’t be interested again just because he’s having a bad time elsewhere. Sorry, you blew it.

If Nektiah does get recalled, and that has to be a very real possibility, Leeds will need to replace him, but we think they’ll look for a similar sort of player, certainly another loan.

Hopefully, Nketiah stays, though. That would definitely be the best result for Leeds.

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