FORMER Sunderland target Matej Vydra has joined West Brom on a season-long loan deal.
The Black Cats made an enquiry for the Czech striker earlier in the summer, with Udinese willing to let Vydra to leave on a temporary basis for a second season in a row after no-one was willing to meet their £8million valuation.
However, Sunderland’s interest never went beyond that initial enquiry after securing the signature of prime attacking target Jozy Altidore from AZ Alkmaar last month.
West Ham and Swansea were also thought to have been interested in signing Vydra, who scored 22 goals in a loan spell at Championship side Watford last season, but he will now link up with Steve Clarke’s side.
Clarke said: “I’m delighted to welcome Matej to the club.
“He had a really good year with Watford and we believe he’s got the qualities to score goals at a higher level. Hopefully, he’ll show that this year with us.”