West Ham Lead Chase for Udinese Striker Matej Vydra

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West Ham are currently leading the chase for Udinese youngster Matej Vydra, but face strong competition from West Brom, Norwich and Swansea according to the Metro.

The Hammers have failed to bring in a striker to partner Andy Carroll so far this window, but they have been strongly linked with a move for former Chelsea winger Solamon Kalou – once again facing strong interest from the Baggies.

Sam Allardyce sees Vydra as not only the perfect replacement for Carroll when he’s injured, but a player who can compliment the former Newcastle star.

Watford still wish to bring their former forward back to Vicarage Road, but permanently rather than a loan, despite the strong interest from Premier League clubs.

Ondrej Chovanec [Vydra’s agent] has previously told, British media outlet, the Daily Mail that it is unlikely the Czech Republic international would join up with Michael Laudrup’s Swansea City, but instead his client would prefer a move to London – welcoming a move to West Ham.

“They [West Ham] are a very good club and Vydra would fit there very well,” Ondrej claimed.

“They have Andy Carroll and Vydra played very well with a big striker last season in Troy Deeney. I have spoken to West Ham but not for two weeks now, the ball is in their court.”

Although West Ham lead the chase, do not rule out the Baggies or the Canaries. Both clubs seek a natural finisher, despite both sides already signing strikers this summer, West Brom have signed Nicolas Anelka and Norwich City have brought in Ricky Van Wolfswinkel.

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