Sunderland have loan bid for Watford loanee Matej Vydra rejected

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Sunderland have had a loan bid for Udinese striker and former Watford loanee Matej Vydra rejected.

This comes after an unnamed Premier League club had an £8m bid for the Czech Republic international rejected last week - you can read about that bid here.

"It is correct that Sunderland are interested, but they are interested in a loan at the moment. They don’t want to spend that money at the moment," Ondrej Chovanec, Vydra's agent, told The Journal.

"The final decision is with Udinese Calcio and the owner Gianpaolo 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."

Sunderland are one of several Premier League and Bundesliga clubs interested in the striker.

Chovanec knows Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio from his days at West Ham as the agent represented Tomas Repka and Lukas Magera, who joined Di Canio's former club Swindon Town.

The Black Cats' chief scout Valentino Angeloni also used to work for the Pozzos at Udinese.

Chovanec added: "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."

Vydra has two years left on his contract at Udinese so unless he agrees a new deal, it would come as a surprise if the Pozzos did allow him to leave on a season-long loan as players are usually worth less with 12 months or less remaining on their contract.

The Pozzos are renowned for giving young players long contracts, developing their talent and then attempting to sell them at their maximum transfer value, and the family claim they are in talks with the striker regarding a new five-year deal.

Chovanec has said he doesn't expect Vydra to remain at Watford this season but Pozzo has stated the 21-year-old will return to Watford.

Vydra won the Championship Player of the Year award last season and scored 22 goals during his first year in English football.

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12:08pm Wed 19 Jun 13

Guy Bov says...

So another Vydra article appears.

Nothing new, just his mouthy agent at it again.
So another Vydra article appears. Nothing new, just his mouthy agent at it again. Guy Bov
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12:15pm Wed 19 Jun 13

francowatford says...

The likes of Matty will come and go and we need to learn not to get to attached to players like him. We do not own him as such and if he goes, he goes. Matty join a club that you can grow with and ignore the green grass.
The likes of Matty will come and go and we need to learn not to get to attached to players like him. We do not own him as such and if he goes, he goes. Matty join a club that you can grow with and ignore the green grass. francowatford
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12:28pm Wed 19 Jun 13

buckler says...

Plenty of others available though! Jenkins, Dicko etc..
Plenty of others available though! Jenkins, Dicko etc.. buckler
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12:34pm Wed 19 Jun 13

a1derek says...

Sky Sports article copy and paste! Come on give us something new!
Sky Sports article copy and paste! Come on give us something new! a1derek
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12:34pm Wed 19 Jun 13

jasonwatford says...

Worst move he could make working under a madman. He won't go there as pozzo will sell him for 14 million plus or will be loaned back to us.
Worst move he could make working under a madman. He won't go there as pozzo will sell him for 14 million plus or will be loaned back to us. jasonwatford
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1:02pm Wed 19 Jun 13

abbotshornet says...

Vydra still has plenty to learn at Watford, I know he went off the boil for a while but he is still one of the most exciting players to pull on a Watford shirt.
I hope he stays for another season at least. COYGB's
Vydra still has plenty to learn at Watford, I know he went off the boil for a while but he is still one of the most exciting players to pull on a Watford shirt. I hope he stays for another season at least. COYGB's abbotshornet
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1:03pm Wed 19 Jun 13

pete500 says...

What is this sort of reporting? According to the Pozzo's he has been offered a five year deal with Watford, so it is not true to say they are not in talks!
It is doubtful if he will sign it but the effort has been made.
Less than £10M he will be stuck with us for now.
What is this sort of reporting? According to the Pozzo's he has been offered a five year deal with Watford, so it is not true to say they are not in talks! It is doubtful if he will sign it but the effort has been made. Less than £10M he will be stuck with us for now. pete500
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1:11pm Wed 19 Jun 13

buck-stops says...

Boring..........
Boring.......... buck-stops
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1:16pm Wed 19 Jun 13

1982WFC says...

He's not contracted to us, seems he does not want to give us another season as his head has been turned.
Right no problem with that as such but we need to move on from him, he is not going to be here next season & as much as I rate the lad as a footballer I do not want him here unless he is 110% committed to the cause.
One thing is for sure, behind closed doors the Pozzos will be sorting not just a replacement for Matty but additional signings too.
His agent is making the situation a whole lot worse by consistently running his mouth off.
One thing I can't be sure of is are Sunderland being stupid or cheeky with a loan bid? The only way the Pozzos will sell is if big money is offered, not a loan to a club outside their own network where it takes another year off his contract, which then decreases his value.
He's not contracted to us, seems he does not want to give us another season as his head has been turned. Right no problem with that as such but we need to move on from him, he is not going to be here next season & as much as I rate the lad as a footballer I do not want him here unless he is 110% committed to the cause. One thing is for sure, behind closed doors the Pozzos will be sorting not just a replacement for Matty but additional signings too. His agent is making the situation a whole lot worse by consistently running his mouth off. One thing I can't be sure of is are Sunderland being stupid or cheeky with a loan bid? The only way the Pozzos will sell is if big money is offered, not a loan to a club outside their own network where it takes another year off his contract, which then decreases his value. 1982WFC
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1:36pm Wed 19 Jun 13

Barnes' Ball Bag says...

Sell him! Another player being ruined by a money grabbing agent
Sell him! Another player being ruined by a money grabbing agent Barnes' Ball Bag
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1:58pm Wed 19 Jun 13

lockerbiehornet says...

And according to this article BSC Young Boys want Abdi


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And according to this article BSC Young Boys want Abdi http://www.blick.ch/ sport/fussball/super league/yb-bickel-pla nt-transfer-coup-id2 342404.html lockerbiehornet
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2:07pm Wed 19 Jun 13

JohnnyHornet says...

ROFFPMSL....Sunderla
nd............
ROFFPMSL....Sunderla nd............ JohnnyHornet
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2:46pm Wed 19 Jun 13

goldanboy says...

Loan!!!!!!!!!!
Players are loaned to get a game. Cheeky b@$?&#£'s.
Loan!!!!!!!!!! Players are loaned to get a game. Cheeky b@$?&#£'s. goldanboy
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3:52pm Wed 19 Jun 13

Chris the Vic says...

Leave it to the Pozzos
Leave it to the Pozzos Chris the Vic
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4:06pm Wed 19 Jun 13

Chris the Vic says...

Leave it to the Pozzos
Leave it to the Pozzos Chris the Vic
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4:30pm Wed 19 Jun 13

JonBoy says...

^
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a double click 14 minutes apart now how do you do that?
^ | | a double click 14 minutes apart now how do you do that? JonBoy
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4:46pm Wed 19 Jun 13

Hornet Cornet says...

I require a plop
I require a plop Hornet Cornet
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4:55pm Wed 19 Jun 13

Hornets number 12 fan says...

Sunderland is an interesting club? when? oh yeah when you stand to get a fat payday from them!
Sunderland is an interesting club? when? oh yeah when you stand to get a fat payday from them! Hornets number 12 fan
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6:03pm Wed 19 Jun 13

realwatford says...

Get a grip everyone !

The Pozzo's want prem league football

You don't get this without giving the manager the resources

Nuff said !
Get a grip everyone ! The Pozzo's want prem league football You don't get this without giving the manager the resources Nuff said ! realwatford
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6:19pm Wed 19 Jun 13

Nitekeeper says...

You got to hand it to Sunderland for trying... But apart from filling a few column inches in the newspaper it's hardly worth discussing. However, I'm intrigued to see what happens, I don't think he will come back to watford but I do wish him well....As for his agent I hope he doesn't ever suffer from a severe case of dysentery, leprosy or pubic lice...because he won't get my sympathy...many are faceless parasites who are ruining this game.
You got to hand it to Sunderland for trying... But apart from filling a few column inches in the newspaper it's hardly worth discussing. However, I'm intrigued to see what happens, I don't think he will come back to watford but I do wish him well....As for his agent I hope he doesn't ever suffer from a severe case of dysentery, leprosy or pubic lice...because he won't get my sympathy...many are faceless parasites who are ruining this game. Nitekeeper
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10:11pm Wed 19 Jun 13

D.unstable says...

Hornets number 12 fan wrote:
Sunderland is an interesting club? when? oh yeah when you stand to get a fat payday from them!
The only thing interesting about Sunderland is how long DiCanio will last before getting the sack or in an industrial tribunal.
[quote][p][bold]Hornets number 12 fan[/bold] wrote: Sunderland is an interesting club? when? oh yeah when you stand to get a fat payday from them![/p][/quote]The only thing interesting about Sunderland is how long DiCanio will last before getting the sack or in an industrial tribunal. D.unstable
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11:00pm Wed 19 Jun 13

errollg says...

Loan? Excuse me Sunderland, but on what planet would that make sense to the Pozzos? They will loan him to you just as soon as that purple giraffe has stopped flying past your window on its magic carpet.
Loan? Excuse me Sunderland, but on what planet would that make sense to the Pozzos? They will loan him to you just as soon as that purple giraffe has stopped flying past your window on its magic carpet. errollg
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8:07am Thu 20 Jun 13

corbindallas says...

Hmmm why would a Prem club only be interested in a loan deal for Vydra oh yes because he went AWOL for 1/3 of the season last year and it is a big risk to pay so much for a unproven striker yet. Guess he is going to end up having to sit his contract out or do something positive like prove he is a reliable striker all season. Please don't for one second believe his agent is not getting instructions/feedbac
k from Vydra, on all this, beginning to feel I really hope he does move on and does not come back as it smacks of 2nd choice option to me and don't think he deserves us, the only other way is for him to sign a new 5 year deal and then we will see.
Hmmm why would a Prem club only be interested in a loan deal for Vydra oh yes because he went AWOL for 1/3 of the season last year and it is a big risk to pay so much for a unproven striker yet. Guess he is going to end up having to sit his contract out or do something positive like prove he is a reliable striker all season. Please don't for one second believe his agent is not getting instructions/feedbac k from Vydra, on all this, beginning to feel I really hope he does move on and does not come back as it smacks of 2nd choice option to me and don't think he deserves us, the only other way is for him to sign a new 5 year deal and then we will see. corbindallas
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8:38am Thu 20 Jun 13

mellow yellow says...

corbindallas wrote:
Hmmm why would a Prem club only be interested in a loan deal for Vydra oh yes because he went AWOL for 1/3 of the season last year and it is a big risk to pay so much for a unproven striker yet. Guess he is going to end up having to sit his contract out or do something positive like prove he is a reliable striker all season. Please don't for one second believe his agent is not getting instructions/feedbac

k from Vydra, on all this, beginning to feel I really hope he does move on and does not come back as it smacks of 2nd choice option to me and don't think he deserves us, the only other way is for him to sign a new 5 year deal and then we will see.
Apart from the premier league club that offered around £8m for a permanent transfer, you mean...
[quote][p][bold]corbindallas[/bold] wrote: Hmmm why would a Prem club only be interested in a loan deal for Vydra oh yes because he went AWOL for 1/3 of the season last year and it is a big risk to pay so much for a unproven striker yet. Guess he is going to end up having to sit his contract out or do something positive like prove he is a reliable striker all season. Please don't for one second believe his agent is not getting instructions/feedbac k from Vydra, on all this, beginning to feel I really hope he does move on and does not come back as it smacks of 2nd choice option to me and don't think he deserves us, the only other way is for him to sign a new 5 year deal and then we will see.[/p][/quote]Apart from the premier league club that offered around £8m for a permanent transfer, you mean... mellow yellow
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8:40am Thu 20 Jun 13

mellow yellow says...

And, although he ran us ragged in the play off final, there was a lot of talk about often Zaha went AWOL for Palace last season. Didn't stop Man Ure paying around £15m for him though, did it?? We are talking about the Championship player of the Year in Vydra's case.
And, although he ran us ragged in the play off final, there was a lot of talk about often Zaha went AWOL for Palace last season. Didn't stop Man Ure paying around £15m for him though, did it?? We are talking about the Championship player of the Year in Vydra's case. mellow yellow
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8:52am Thu 20 Jun 13

francowatford says...

mellow yellow wrote:
And, although he ran us ragged in the play off final, there was a lot of talk about often Zaha went AWOL for Palace last season. Didn't stop Man Ure paying around £15m for him though, did it?? We are talking about the Championship player of the Year in Vydra's case.
Zaha 15 mill champioship player of the year 15mill + maybe 20mill.
[quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: And, although he ran us ragged in the play off final, there was a lot of talk about often Zaha went AWOL for Palace last season. Didn't stop Man Ure paying around £15m for him though, did it?? We are talking about the Championship player of the Year in Vydra's case.[/p][/quote]Zaha 15 mill champioship player of the year 15mill + maybe 20mill. francowatford
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9:37am Thu 20 Jun 13

Harry's Bar says...

"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."

That quote shows what Chavanec is all about..... complete rubbish! Di Canio's a hot head and won't last the season at Sunderland.
"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." That quote shows what Chavanec is all about..... complete rubbish! Di Canio's a hot head and won't last the season at Sunderland. Harry's Bar
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9:46am Thu 20 Jun 13

mellow yellow says...

Harry's Bar wrote:
"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."

That quote shows what Chavanec is all about..... complete rubbish! Di Canio's a hot head and won't last the season at Sunderland.
Chovanec also represents Daniel Pudil, by the way.
[quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: "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." That quote shows what Chavanec is all about..... complete rubbish! Di Canio's a hot head and won't last the season at Sunderland.[/p][/quote]Chovanec also represents Daniel Pudil, by the way. mellow yellow
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11:00am Thu 20 Jun 13

watford1881 says...

Vydra will play for us again next season in my view.. Unless 12 mill plus bid comes in... The end of next season Vydra will be at his most valuable.. Pozzo will wait till then.. Top teams want two great seasons in a row from a player which would need top investment like Vydra... They don't like one season wonders....
Vydra will play for us again next season in my view.. Unless 12 mill plus bid comes in... The end of next season Vydra will be at his most valuable.. Pozzo will wait till then.. Top teams want two great seasons in a row from a player which would need top investment like Vydra... They don't like one season wonders.... watford1881
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11:15am Thu 20 Jun 13

Guy Bov says...

Apparently Werder Bremen latest in the list of clubs interested
Apparently Werder Bremen latest in the list of clubs interested Guy Bov
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11:26am Thu 20 Jun 13

1234566789 says...

watford1881 wrote:
Vydra will play for us again next season in my view.. Unless 12 mill plus bid comes in... The end of next season Vydra will be at his most valuable.. Pozzo will wait till then.. Top teams want two great seasons in a row from a player which would need top investment like Vydra... They don't like one season wonders....
No he won't. Surely anyone who has ever followed football knows players' value drops when they only have one season left on their contract as clubs can be bullied into a cheaper sale rather than risk losing them on a free the following year......
[quote][p][bold]watford1881[/bold] wrote: Vydra will play for us again next season in my view.. Unless 12 mill plus bid comes in... The end of next season Vydra will be at his most valuable.. Pozzo will wait till then.. Top teams want two great seasons in a row from a player which would need top investment like Vydra... They don't like one season wonders....[/p][/quote]No he won't. Surely anyone who has ever followed football knows players' value drops when they only have one season left on their contract as clubs can be bullied into a cheaper sale rather than risk losing them on a free the following year...... 1234566789
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11:38am Thu 20 Jun 13

mellow yellow says...

1234566789 wrote:
watford1881 wrote:
Vydra will play for us again next season in my view.. Unless 12 mill plus bid comes in... The end of next season Vydra will be at his most valuable.. Pozzo will wait till then.. Top teams want two great seasons in a row from a player which would need top investment like Vydra... They don't like one season wonders....
No he won't. Surely anyone who has ever followed football knows players' value drops when they only have one season left on their contract as clubs can be bullied into a cheaper sale rather than risk losing them on a free the following year......
Agreed. Which is why the Pozzo strategy of five year deals makes sense. I remember some fans of other clubs deriding us when we signed Fessi on a five year deal.... Laughing now are they?!
[quote][p][bold]1234566789[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]watford1881[/bold] wrote: Vydra will play for us again next season in my view.. Unless 12 mill plus bid comes in... The end of next season Vydra will be at his most valuable.. Pozzo will wait till then.. Top teams want two great seasons in a row from a player which would need top investment like Vydra... They don't like one season wonders....[/p][/quote]No he won't. Surely anyone who has ever followed football knows players' value drops when they only have one season left on their contract as clubs can be bullied into a cheaper sale rather than risk losing them on a free the following year......[/p][/quote]Agreed. Which is why the Pozzo strategy of five year deals makes sense. I remember some fans of other clubs deriding us when we signed Fessi on a five year deal.... Laughing now are they?! mellow yellow
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11:49am Thu 20 Jun 13

JonBoy says...

It's his agent shouting his mouth off again. Now he is saying the Bundesliga is the best league in the world. The last sentence sums it up though '"But it would be down to Udinese to make that decision."'

Hopefully the media will eventually become bored with this fool
It's his agent shouting his mouth off again. Now he is saying the Bundesliga is the best league in the world. The last sentence sums it up though '"But it would be down to Udinese to make that decision."' Hopefully the media will eventually become bored with this fool JonBoy
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12:11pm Thu 20 Jun 13

watford1881 says...

We'll see who is in the know..
We'll see who is in the know.. watford1881
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12:13pm Thu 20 Jun 13

watford1881 says...

Seeing as the Pozzo have done what I've suggested with each & every big sale they have done over the last 10 years.. U might be right.. Do some homework...
Seeing as the Pozzo have done what I've suggested with each & every big sale they have done over the last 10 years.. U might be right.. Do some homework... watford1881
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12:14pm Thu 20 Jun 13

Harry's Bar says...

1234566789 wrote:
watford1881 wrote:
Vydra will play for us again next season in my view.. Unless 12 mill plus bid comes in... The end of next season Vydra will be at his most valuable.. Pozzo will wait till then.. Top teams want two great seasons in a row from a player which would need top investment like Vydra... They don't like one season wonders....
No he won't. Surely anyone who has ever followed football knows players' value drops when they only have one season left on their contract as clubs can be bullied into a cheaper sale rather than risk losing them on a free the following year......
True, but if Vydra can repeat last season's goals per game record the net effect should still see an increase in value.
[quote][p][bold]1234566789[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]watford1881[/bold] wrote: Vydra will play for us again next season in my view.. Unless 12 mill plus bid comes in... The end of next season Vydra will be at his most valuable.. Pozzo will wait till then.. Top teams want two great seasons in a row from a player which would need top investment like Vydra... They don't like one season wonders....[/p][/quote]No he won't. Surely anyone who has ever followed football knows players' value drops when they only have one season left on their contract as clubs can be bullied into a cheaper sale rather than risk losing them on a free the following year......[/p][/quote]True, but if Vydra can repeat last season's goals per game record the net effect should still see an increase in value. Harry's Bar
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3:19pm Thu 20 Jun 13

Harrydownunder says...

Matej, in my opinion you need a new agent. Someone who has YOUR interests at heart and not one who starts arse licking whoever looks interested!! Stay within the pozzo network and u will become a great player!
Matej, in my opinion you need a new agent. Someone who has YOUR interests at heart and not one who starts arse licking whoever looks interested!! Stay within the pozzo network and u will become a great player! Harrydownunder
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