Udinese forward Matej Vydra looks set to join Watford on a permanent deal, despite strong interest from the Premier League.
The talented 20-year old has been in sensational form for the Hornets this season, scoring 16 goals in 23 appearances for the club.
Since the takeover in the summer by Owner Giampaolo Pozzo, the Championship side have turned into potential promotion candidates with an influx of players arriving from Serie A.
Pozzo owns Serie A side Udinese and and Spanish side Granada, which is why Watford have taken many players on loan including Vydra, and Forrestieri who signed a permanent deal at Vicarage Road last week.
The Czech Republic International has had overtures from England’s top flight with one side being touted as being a top 6 Premier League club, and Reading also known to be keeping an eye on the player in their search for a player to link up with Russian International Pavel Pogrebnyak.
Vydra’s agent confirmed in an interview with the Watford Chronicle: “At the moment, five Premier League clubs are interested in Matej.”
“We want Matej to stay with Watford until at least until the summer. We are not planning any rush move for him.”
“He has been at the club for six months, everything has worked fine, he has been coached by a great manager and the people love him. We have no reason to change anything.”
“Thanks to the connection [between Watford and Udinese], it is one wallet, basically.”
“I have been in talks over this matter with the Watford owner and director. Originally, I did not want to push the matter, but now when I see how people in this club would like to make that [a permanent deal] happen, it is very likely that Matej will become a Watford player in January.”
“Udinese or Watford will not sell him for £5m. If you look back at the previous transfers of the clubs owned by the same owners, you will see that they only do big ones. They sold Alexis Sanchez to Barcelona for instance.”