Watford are prepared to listen to offers for Matej Vydra as the Hornets go about the sensitive task of trimming the number of foreign players on their books.
Vydra wants to stay and fight for his place at Vicarage Road and he has influential supporters on the transfer committee at Vicarage Road, but both parties accept his game time will be limited this season. “I’m not making anyone leave,” said Walter Mazzarri on Tuesday night. “If some like to leave, because they don’t get enough minutes, then no problem.”
Derby are one of several clubs who have registered an interest in the player who is not going to be short of options after scoring 40 goals in two Championship seasons for the Hornets.
There is, however, a reluctance about letting the player go because, on reflection, the club regret loaning him to Reading last season, even though the deal netted them a £2.5m loan fee, as it left nobody pushing Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo for their spots.
There is obviously no financial pressure to sell, thus placing Watford in a strong negotiating position, but Watford do need to cut the number of foreign players on their books by at least four. Vydra is behind Troy Deeney, Odion Ighalo and Isaac Success in the pecking order while Jerome Sinclair has the advantage of not only being home-grown but also under the age of 21, meaning he doesn’t take up a place in the squad.
Vydra did not enjoy his spell at Reading last season and is known to want a permanent solution to his future and not a third loan spell in four years.