Matej Vydra left Watford in club record deal

Matej Vydra became the club’s record outgoing transfer when he signed for Derby County yesterday.

Gino Pozzo and Scott Duxbury managed to negotiate a deal worth an initial €12.5m, likely to be spread over the length of Vydra’s four-year-old contract, plus a sizeable sell-on fee and various appearance add ons. The fee eclipses the £9.65m Aston Villa paid for Ashley Young in January 2007. Add the loan fee of £2.5m they received from Reading last season and Watford have achieved a good return on a player who was deemed surplus to requirements by successive Watford coaches.

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Player trading has become a less important part of the club’s business plan now the club are in the money-spinning Premier League but more than £29m has now been received for players the club have loaned or sold in the past 12 months.

Matej Vydra £12.5m (plus £2.5m loan fee)
Miguel Layun £6m
Almen Abdi £4m
Fernando Forestieri £4m
Diego Fabbrini £1.5m (plus £250,000 loan fee from Middlesbrough)
Daniel Pudil £1m