Last Updated: Tue, 25 Jun 2013 11:58
West Brom are one of four Premier League clubs in the running to sign Championship Player of the Year Matej Vydra on loan from Udinese.
The Baggies look set to battle it out with Sunderland, Swansea and West Ham United for the services of the highly-rated Czech Republic international, who smashed 20 league goals while on loan at Watford last season.
The 21-year-old has also been linked with a move abroad but Vydra's agent, Ondrej Chovanec, ruled out the opportunity for his client to join Bundesliga club Werder Bremen on loan after meeting Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo this week.
"It's more likely Matej will play in England," he told Denik Sport.
Sunderland appeared to be in pole position to land Vydra last week when Chovanec revealed his admiration for their manager Paolo Di Canio.
"I know Di Canio from when he was a player because I was the agent of Tomas Repka, who also played for West Ham.
"I also had a Czech Republic international, Lukas Magera, who went to Swindon.
"I think he builds a new team and he wants to get players who want to work hard and who are quick. He plays interesting football and he wants a squad that is capable of challenging for him next season.
"So it is an interesting club - but then Sunderland is always an interesting club in England.
"To work with Paolo Di Canio would be a good thing. I think he will probably end up coaching with one of the very top teams in England.
"The final decision is with Udinese Calcio and the owner Giampaolo Pozzo and there are a lot of clubs interested in this player.
"Matej is a quality player and a top player for them, so they will be looking for the best deal available. He can play in a top level and I think that is what he will be doing next season."
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