West Ham and Sunderland join battle for Udinese ace

Watford striker Matej Vydra

A trio of Premier League clubs are fighting for the signature of Udinese striker Mateja Vydra, reports to the Metro.

West Ham and Sunderland are reportedly fighting for the Czech international who impressed while on loan to Watford last season, while West Brom Albion are also understood to be monitoring the situation.

Vydra scored 20 times on loan at Vicarage Road from Italian outfit Udinese last season, narrowly missing out on promotion after a 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace in the Playoff Final.

The 21-year-old is thought to be desperate to make a return to England, and test himself in the Premier League after Watford stated their desire to keep hold of the forward.

West Ham have made no secret of their desire to bring in a strike partner for club record signing Andy Carroll, while Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio sees Vydra as a key element to his major overhaul at the Stadium of Light.

West Brom have enquired about a possible loan signing, although Udinese are more entertained by the offers of straight cash from both West Ham and Sunderland.

Sources in Italy suggest the lure of London makes Upton Park Vydra’s preferred destination. Should a deal be agreed, he is likely to start the season as the Hammers’ leading striker, with Andy Caroll out injured for a couple of weeks.

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