TRANSFER TALK Sunderland made aware of prolific Czech striker’s availability but only interested in loan deal

Udinese striker Matej Vydra celebrates scoring for loan club Watford last season.
Udinese striker Matej Vydra celebrates scoring for loan club Watford last season.
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SUNDERLAND have been linked with a loan offer for Udinese striker Matej Vydra, who spent last season on loan at Watford.

The Czech Republic frontman scored 22 goals for the Hornets last season as they clinched a top six finish, only to lose to Crystal Palace in the play-off final.

And now his agent is working hard to earn a money-spinning move to the Premier League for the 21-year-old rising star.

The London Evening Standard, early this month reported Vydra’s agent Ondrej Chovanec saying: “I can’t imagine him playing Championship again right now.

“We discussed it with the boy and he would like to play with the top players on the top level. If you get the opportunity to play Premier League or German Bundesliga would you say no?

“He is the number one Czech international striker and he would like to play the same level of competition as Petr Cech is doing.”

The capital’s paper mentioned three London clubs in that report – Arsenal, Tottenhham and Fulham – with a fee of £8m mooted.

But today’s Newcastle Journal has Chovanec making mention of interest from Sunderland in the 21-year-old – but only on loan.

Udinese want £8million for a permanent move for Vydra player, and have already turned down one offer from an unnamed Premier League club, feeling confident they are asking a fair price for a player who proved his potential in the English game last season.

Chovanec told the Journal: “It is correct that Sunderland are interested, but they are interested in a loan at the moment.

“They don’t want to spend that money at the moment.

“The final decision is with Udinese Calcio and the owner Giampaolo Pozzo and there are a lot of clubs interested in this player.”

Vydra certainly looks like a prospect, as 20 goals in 27 starts, 14 substitute appearances for Watford last season would testify.

But the fact that Sunderland have expressed an interest in the Czech only as a loanee, suggests they have been made aware of his availability by Chovanec but he is not one of their primary targets.

Sunderland have already identified the strikers they are after in the current close season and are in the process of making overtures but Matej on loan would obviously be a tempting prospect as a wildcard.

With Sunderland not ready to go down the permanent transfer route though, the Czech’s future looks likely to be a permanent one elsewhere, with every likelihood the player and agent will get their wish and he will be playing in the Premier League next season.