Leeds must use £11m striker budget to secure Martyn Waghorn from Ipswich

The Yorkshire Evening Post have reported that Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani has set £11m aside to spend solely on a striker this summer, but it most likely won’t be Derby man and Championship top scorer Matej Vydra.

What’s the story?

Vydra scored 21 Championship goals last season and was reportedly close to a move to Leeds earlier this summer. However, his increased wage demands scuppered any chance of an £11m deal to take him to Elland Road.

Leeds fans have been getting restless with the lack of activity during the window so far as the club have only signed Lewis Baker on loan from Chelsea, although goalkeeper Jamal Blackman is set to make the same transfer from the Blues this week.

The Evening Post also reports that the Whites have missed out on former Hull striker and current free-agent Abel Hernandez as the overall cost to sign the Uruguayan, including wages, was more than Leeds were willing to pay.

New boss Marcelo Bielsa will be desperate for a prolific striker to sign this summer, after natural winger Kemar Roofe was the club’s top scorer last season followed by Pierre-Michel Lasogga. Having struggled to get other deals done, the man they should target ahead of the new season is Ipswich hitman Martyn Waghorn.

Martyn’s the man

After joining Ipswich from Rangers in a deal thought to be worth just £1m only last summer, Waghorn has already been linked with a move away from Portman Road during this window. Although the East Anglian Daily Times have reported that Town manager Paul Hurst has said it will take ‘a helluva lot of money’ for clubs to be able to even talk to the Englishman.

The 28-year-old scored 16 goals in the Championship last season and was the league’s sixth top scorer, whilst also racking up 11 assists in the 44 league games he appeared in. Before moving to Rangers and excelling, he had previously struggled for goals in the Football League during various stints with clubs such as Sunderland, Hull, Leicester and Millwall.

Waghorn is a complete striker, whose goals come from a mix of both footed shots, headers and direct free-kicks. He could be the man Bielsa needs to ensure a strong start to his time in English football.