Udinese’s Vydra may be loan option for Sunderland

Matej Vydra.
Matej Vydra.
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UDINESE are willing to take a chance on boosting Matej Vydra’s value on loan, with Sunderland among a quartet of Premier League clubs interested in the Czech striker.

Sunderland, along with West Brom, West Ham and Swansea have all made enquiries over Vydra’s availability after netting 20 goals in 41 Championship appearances for Watford last season.

Italian outfit Udinese were initially hesitant over allowing Vydra out on loan again and had slapped a £8million price tag on the 21-year-old’s head.

But according to reports in the Czech Republic, Udinese have now decided to let Vydra depart on a temporary basis again, with no-one willing to match their valuation.

The Italian side believe that if Vydra can shine in the Premier League next season, it will attract the attention of Europe’s heavyweights, even if the Czech international has just two years remaining on his contract.

Vydra’s agent Ondrej Chovanec claims he will head to England next week in an attempt to secure a loan move after being given the go-ahead by Udinese at a meeting earlier this week.

“We agreed that none of the offers (for a permanent deal) are in the region that would interest Udinese,” said Chovanec.

“They don’t want to sell him for £8m so they have given us freedom to discuss loan spells with the Premier League clubs that are interested.

“At the moment we have offers from four Premier League clubs - West Brom, West Ham, Swansea and Sunderland.”

Sunderland are certainly in the market for attacking recruits, with head coach Paolo Di Canio keen to have five frontmen at his disposal next season.

Az Alkmaar’s Jozy Altidore remains the Black Cats’ primary target, although the Dutch side are not thought to have received an offer for the American international.

Manchester City’s John Guidetti, the former client of new Black Cats director of football Roberto De Fanti, is also on Sunderland’s shopping list, although there remain doubts over the Swede’s fitness after missing last season through illness.

Reports in Italy have suggested Bologna’s Robert Acquafresca is a target for Sunderland too.

The Black Cats are rumoured to be interested in a loan move - with a view to a permanent switch - for the 25-year-old, who has struggled for goals over recent seasons.

Bologna spent £2million on the former Italy Under-21 international last summer, following a loan spell at the club, but he was then allowed to join Spanish side Levante on loan last season where he netted just three goals.

Meanwhile, Le Havre full-back Benjamin Mendy continues to be linked with a move to the Stadium of Light.

Le Havre admit the 18-year-old, who is also interesting Italian giants Juventus, is likely to move to the Premier League this summer, with Sunderland, Cardiff and Arsenal all linked to the left-back, although the latter’s pursuit was played down yesterday.

Sunderland are rumoured to have made an enquiry for £3m-rated Mendy, who has made 48 appearances for the French Second Division side.

Le Havre president Jean Pierre Louvel said “We are talking to clubs and the talks with English teams are going better than others.

“He is most likely going to go and play in England.”