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Fulham and Tottenham look at Watford's Vydra

Two London clubs may be tempted to bid if Watford fail to achieve promotion

Tom Dulat

Fulham and Tottenham are looking at the possibility of bringing in Matej Vydra after the striker, on loan at Watford from Udinese, took the Championship by storm in his first season in England.

It is understood that Vydra is adamant that he will play Premier League football next season, meaning he is unlikely to return to the Vicarage Road club unless they beat Crystal Palace in the Play-Off final on 27th May.

This has alerted Spurs and Fulham, with both teams looking for natural goalscorers to add an edge to their sides. Andre-Villas Boas has been left disappointed by the form of Emmanuel Adebayor while Martin Jol has been overly dependent on Dimitar Berbatov.

Vydra, at only 21 years of age, would certainly add that edge, but it is thought that he won't come cheap. Udinese are willing to sell but are also acutely aware of how valuable the player could be and may try to push a valuation up toward double-figure millions. If so, chairman Mohammed Al Fayed would be reluctant to sanction a move.

The Czech international has been in sensational form for Watford, though, scoring 22 goals this year and carrying home the Championship Player of the Season award. He has been capped seven times for the Czech Republic and scored two goals.

Naturally, Vydra is an excellent finisher and also boasts a deceiving turn of pace. He can play behind the striker or on either flank, if necessary.

It must be said, a deal seems unlikely, given Udinese's potential asking price and the other Premier League interest in the player but he fits the bill perfectly for FFC. Young, hungry and nonetheless talented, he would be a perfect accompaniment to the elegant Dimitar Berbatov.

One way or another, we'll probably be seeing him at the Cottage soon.