Report: West Brom preparing formal bid for Derby striker Matej Vydra

WBA coach Darren Moore reactsl during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham Hotspur at The Hawthorns on May 5, 2018 in West Bromwich, England.

Matej Vydra could reportedly return to West Bromwich Albion from Championship rivals Derby County after a 2013/14 spell at The Hawthorns.

Matej Vydra of Derby County celebrates after scoring during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Sunderland at iPro Stadium on March 30, 2018 in Derby, England.

If West Bromwich Albion want a goal-scorer who is proven at Championship level, there are few better options than Matej Vydra.

The Czech striker is the league’s reigning Golden Boot winner after all, scoring a division-high 21 goals for Derby County in the 2017/18 season. This was the second time Vydra had broken the 20-goal barrier in English football’s second tier.

And, with Derby allegedly willing to listen to offers in order to ease their financial worries, the Express and Star suggests that West Brom could be about to take full advantage.

It is understood that West Brom are preparing a formal offer for the former Watford and Reading man, who is expected to cost around £11 million.

Matej Vydra of Derby County in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Sunderland at iPro Stadium on March 30, 2018 in Derby, England.

The report adds, that the Baggies would only be willing to pay such a fee if they sell either Salomon Rondon or Jay Rodriguez. The former, who has a £16.5 million release clause in his contract, wants a move to the Premier League while the latter is keen on a return to Burnley.

Vydra would be a fine replacement for a side who are keen to escape the Championship at the first attempt.

The former Udinese striker had a loan spell at The Hawthorns in the 2013/14 season, scoring just three times in 25 games in all competitions. It is understood that he would demand wages of around £35,000 a week.

West Bromwich Albion's Czech forward Matej Vydra celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham...

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