As revealed on the club's official website, Watford have signed striker Matej Vydra from Italian outfit Udinese on a permanent deal. Having spent two of the past three seasons on loan at Vicarage Road, the 22-year-old has penned a five-year contract with the Premier League new boys.
He first joined the Hornets on loan ahead of the 2012/13 season, scoring 20 goals as the club just missed out on promotion out of the Championship. Following a year in the Premier League with West Bromwich Albion - during which he netted just three times in 23 appearances - he made his return to Watford, scoring 16 goals to fire the club back into the top flight.
The Czech Republic international was on target in a 2-0 win at Brighton & Hove Albion that sealed Watford's place in the Premier League and also struck in a 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday on the final day of the season, before Atdhe Nuhiu's late goal ensured Bournemouth were crowned champions.
A statement from the club read: "Watford Football Club is delighted to announce that Matej Vydra has signed a five-year contract with the Hornets. Having penned a permanent deal, the 23-year-old is beginning preparations for the 2015/16 Premier League season with the rest of his Hornets' team-mates at UCL London Colney."
Here is how Watford fans reacted on Twitter to the strikers permanent switch:
In light of confirmation of Vydra's deal, throwing this one out again: #WatfordFC have only lost one league game in which he's scored (1/2)— Anthony Matthews (@Ant_WatfordObs) July 1, 2015
And considering Vydra has scored in 31 different league matches for #WatfordFC, that's a pretty impressive record...(2/2)— Anthony Matthews (@Ant_WatfordObs) July 1, 2015
Vydra to Watford on a permanent is intriguing. Two great seasons with them in the Championship but failed to make Prem impact with West Brom— Benjamin Wills (@BenjaminWillsSJ) June 30, 2015
I can't see the excitement about Vydra signing permanently, he's a Pozzo player so a Watford player. Can only mean an improved contract!— From The Rookery End (@watfordpodcast) June 29, 2015
I can't be the only person to be a little surprised to discover Watford hadn't already brought Vydra a while back?— Daniel Carpenter (@Carpenterdf) July 1, 2015
Slightly underwhelmed with getting Vydra on a permanent deal. #watfordfc— Manic (@Manic_Mundy) July 1, 2015
After 26 successful loan spells Watford FINALLY sign Matej Vydra on a permanent deal.— John Dunn (@John_Dunn77) July 1, 2015
Signing Vydra on a five year deal is class— Harry Cresswell (@HKCresswell) July 1, 2015