Report: Swansea targeting Watford’s Matej Vydra as Bony replacement

Wilfried Bony looks set to join Manchester City, and Swansea are targeting Watford’s Matej Vydra as his replacement.

Czech international Vydra is now back at Watford following a dour spell in the Premier League with West Bromwich Albion last season.

After being named Championship Player of the Season for 2012/13 - with 20 goals scored in 41 games - the Udinese man departed his loan with Watford to sign with West Brom. However, his second loan spell in England was nowhere near as successful, with the managerial changes at the Hawthorns not allowing for any continuity, and he netted only three times in 23 appearances.

He returned to Vicarage Road at the start of this campaign as the Hornets look to secure promotion to the top flight, and, although restoring his impressive striking partnership with Troy Deeney, he has failed to hit the heights of his first spell in Hertfordshire. 21 games have brought a return of seven strikes, and he is currently on a run of seven Championship games without finding the back of the net.

Regardless of his poor form, the 22-year-old is hot property in English football, and it has been reported that Swansea City are looking at Vydra as a potential replacement for Manchester City-bound Wilfried Bony.

The Welsh club have reportedly agreed a £30 million offer from City for the Ivorian’s services, and, with Bafetimbi Gomis still failing to properly impress, the Swans could offer Vydra consistent Premier League football.

However, it is unlikely that the Pozzo family would be willing to cut the loan deal with the Hornets short, as getting Watford to the Premier League this season is their main aim. Should they offer a large fee it may be accepted by parent club Udinese, but, in the current situation, it would be advised that the Swans look elsewhere to fill the void left by Bony.

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