Leeds’ move for Matej Vydra has reportedly stalled, so they should switch their attentions to the man who finished second behind Chris Wood in the 2016-17 golden boot race.
According to Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds have “cooled interest” in Derby’s Vydra due to the striker’s wage demands.
The Czech international, who scored 21 league goals for the Rams lasts season, has been heavily linked with a switch to Elland Road, but Hay’s report says a deal is not looking likely.
If a deal for Vydra is indeed dead, then club should turn their attentions to Dwight Gayle, who may actually be a better fit for Bielsa anyway.
According to The Chronicle, Newcastle’s priority after signing Kenedy will be to sign a marquee number nine.
The Magpies’ striker shopping could mean the end of Gayle on Tyneside, and Bielsa should offer him the chance to return to a league where he has enjoyed great success.
The pacey striker has struggled in the Premier League, but bagged 23 Championship goals in Newcastle’s promotion season, two more than Vydra scored last season.
Fans may have reservations about dumping the chase for the red hot Vydra and eyeing up a player who scored just six league goals last season, but Gayle’s Championship record is very good.
Leeds have been desperate for a proven goalscorer since Wood left, and Gayle finished just four goals behind the New Zealand international in the 2016-17 season.
The 27 year-old, valued at £9m by Transfermarkt, will not want to play second fiddle to whoever Newcastle sign, and his pace would be the perfect fit for Bielsa’s fast counter attacking football.
Gayle is quick with or without the ball, has great movement and instincts, is deceptively strong and is an extremely hard worker. He would tick all of Bielsa’s boxes, and would be the closest Leeds could get to replacing Wood’s goals.
So, Leeds fans, which striker would you rather sign? Do you think the Vydra deal is still possible? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below…