The name Michal Krmencik may not mean an awful lot to Leeds United fans, but the club apparently made an effort to sign him during the winter transfer window.
Leeds were linked with a string of players during January, but not many of the stories came with confirmation from the selling club’s CEO.
Adolf Sadek, big cheese at Viktoria Plzen, has been speaking about approaches for Krmencik, and told Dnes he didn’t sell the big striker because manager Pavel Vrba was set against it.
Dnes put it to Sadek that big offers came in for Krmencik, and he said: “Yes, (we kept him) for the coach. In the summer, Slavia came in, Leeds in the winter, then Montpellier, Bordeaux, eventually Newcastle. There were extraordinary offers.”
The Czech newspaper believe the offers went as high as 350m Czech Koruna, which is around £12m, although they don’t break that down on a club by club level.
Sadek admits it was a risk to keep the player, because he could get injured before a summer move, which certainly isn’t ruled out: “Everything is for sale, only in winter there was no figure to convince us. I promised the coach.”
Leeds were linked with several big strikers during the January transfer window, and with Krmencik standing at 1.9m, he fully fits the mould.
In the end Tyler Roberts was signed from West Brom, although he’s a different type of player, so perhaps Leeds United are looking more towards the summer and when Pierre-Michel Lasogga’s loan ends.