The club who want Matej Vydra to replace an underperforming former Tottenham striker

Roman Pavlyuchenko on the Ball

Watford's Matej Vydra is a wanted man, and his future could have implications for a former Tottenham Hotspur striker.

In January Matej Vydra's reputation as a promising star was on the rise, now it is positively confirmed with his triumph at winning the Championship Player of the Year Award earlier this week.

The Czech striker is on loan from Udinese, and has scored 20 goals to lead Watford to third. But with Champions League chasing Spurs one of five Premier League teams said to be interested in signing him in the summer, he may not be at Vicarage Road for long.

Udinese of course will be thinking positively about bringing him back to Italy, but if Watford do gain promotion to the Premier League, they may be able to persuade the Italians to let him stay another year and test himself at a higher level.

If they do not, and Udinese decide to cash in; clearly there will be no shortage of takers for the 20-year-old, one of which is Lokomotiv Moscow.

A report in Russia claims Lokomotiv want Vydra, as a replacement for former Tottenham Hotspur striker Roman Pavlyuchenko.

The striker was bought for nine million Euros by Lokomotiv just over a year ago, but has gone off the boil after a promising start.

Pavlyuchenko is struggling for playing time this season for Lokomotiv, having lost his place to Senegalese striker Dame N'Doye who signed last summer having previously been linked with Everton.

Lokomotiv are interested in signing Vydra, and are planning on trying to negotiate with Udinese separately to attempt to sign the promising striker in the summer, if the Italians indicate they are willing to sell.

Offloading Pavlyuchenko is likely, he has scored just four goals this season for Lokomotiv. If they do manage to sign Vydra, which depends on a number of factors - the departure of the striker Harry Redknapp famously told to 'run around for a bit' - will be hastened.

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