Xisco Munoz’s Watford side are believed to be interested in a deal that would bring Matej Vydra back to Vicarage Road this summer.
That’s according to The Athletic, who revealed that the Hornets hierarchy are once again considering a move for the Burnley forward after missing out on a deal for the 28-year-old last summer.
It is reported that the Czech Republic international is highly admired by many at Watford, with a transfer now appearing to be a considerably more likely prospect as the forward has just one year remaining on his current deal at Turf Moor.
Vydra was a very popular and very effective player back in his earlier days with Watford. He won the Championship Player of the Year award in 2013, and former boss Gianfranco Zola admitted the forward had done “incredible things” for his side.
Since moving to Burnley from Derby County in what was a £10.98 million deal back in 2018, it would not be an unfair claim to make that the striker had initially not quite lived up to expectations in the Premier League.
Prior to this season, Vydra had scored just three goals and provided two assists over his 32 league appearances for Sean Dyche’s side, averaging a disappointing SofaScore match rating of 6.59 in the club’s 2018/19 Premier League campaign, and a 6.57 match rating in 2019/20.
And, when regularly presented with the opportunity from the start of fixtures, as has been the case on 12 occasions so far this term, Vydra – whose former manager Gary Rowett dubbed as a “fantastic” player – has proven that he very much does have what it takes to cut it in the Premier League, bagging three goals and providing one assist over his last six starts for the Clarets.
As such, with Watford in rather desperate need of a clear out in their attacking department this summer with no one more so than the club’s reported £70,000-per-week highest earner Andre Gray needing to be shipped on, a cost price move for the comparatively cheap £34,000-per-week Vydra as the Watford striker’s replacement would appear to be an excellent piece of business from the Hornets.