Transfer news

Sunderland bid for Vydra, sign striker

June 19, 2013
By Kristan Heneage

The agent of Udinese striker Matej Vydra has confirmed there is interest from Sunderland in his client, while the Black Cats have also signed IFK Goteborg striker David Moberg-Karlsson.

Matej Vydra
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Vydra, 22, spent last season on loan at Watford as part of an agreement between the Hornets and Udinese, who are both owned by the Pozzo family. Keen for him to return to Vicarage Road, and with an offer reportedly on the table, his agent Ondrej Chovanec had previously revealed his client’s desire to move to the Premier League. 

Although Chovanec confirmed the Black Cats interest in Vydra, he also revealed that at present their offer is only to loan the player from Udinese. 

“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,” he told The Journal. “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.”

With reports earlier in the week suggesting Chelsea had seen a bid of £8 million already rejected for the Czech Republic international, interest in Vydra is thought to be high. Likely to be well known by the club’s new chief scout Valentino Angeloni, Chovanec confirmed that a move to Wearside would represent an interesting prospect for his client. 

“Of course it is very interesting," he added. "I know Di Canio from when he was a player because I was the agent of Thomas 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.”

Meanwhile Sunderland have completed the signing Moberg-Karlsson, according to the Swedish club. 

The 19-year-old began his career at IFK Mariestad and has signed a four-year contract on Wearside. Costing the club in the region of £1.7 million the deal also includes appearance based bonuses and a sell-on clause, with Goteborg’s sports director and former Swedish international Hakan Mild describing the opportunity for the young striker as ‘huge’. 

"It is obviously huge for David and with IFK eyes seen evidence of what we do well,” Mild told the club’s official website. “To a club in one of the four biggest leagues in Europe choose to tie up one of our players is a good rating to our business. We really want to wish him good luck and welcome him back [one day].”

Set to join the club’s development squad, Moberg-Karlsson is the second young striker to move to Wearside this summer after Altrincham’s Duncan Watmore agreed a two-year-deal with the club recently.