Five Premier League clubs chasing Watford loanee Vydra, claims agent

The Czech forward has netted 16 times in 26 matches since arriving in England from Udinese leading to interest from top-flight teams, but he looks set to stay at the Hornets

Five unnamed Premier League clubs are competing with Watford to sign Udinese striker Matej Vydra permanently, according to his agent.

Vydra moved to Vicarage Road on a season-long loan from Serie A outfit Udinese and has impressed - scoring 16 goals in 26 matches so far for the Championship side.

This impressive form in front of goal has led to interest from top-flight clubs in England, but his representative believes Watford have an advantage in securing a deal as the Pozzo family own both the Hornets and the Italian outfit.

Vydra's agent Ondrej Chovanec said: "At the moment, five Premier League clubs are interested in Matej.

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"[But] we want Matej to stay with Watford 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."

Chovanec believes that only a big fee could see the Czech Republic international moving away from one of the Pozzo family-owned clubs.

He added: "Udinese or Watford will not sell him for £5 million. 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 £23m], for instance."