Matej Vydra’s agent Ondrej Chovanec has told Sport24 that both Rangers and Aston Villa failed with January bids to sign the forward.
It is something of a surprise to see Vydra remain at Burnley beyond the January window. The 27-year-old has made just six substitute appearances for the Clarets in the Premier League this season.
It appeared that he may end up moving to Ibrox in the final hours of last month. STV reported that Rangers were hopeful that they would agree a six-month loan deal for the Czech Republic international.
It was noted that Vydra was Steven Gerrard’s first-choice target as he looked to bolster his attacking options.
Ultimately however, Rangers would end up signing Florian Kamberi on loan from Hibs.
Some of the Ibrox faithful may have wondered how serious the Gers’ interest was given nothing came of the reports.
But Vydra’s agent has now explained that Rangers were indeed interested in the former Derby man. And they were joined in the running by one of Burnley’s Premier League rivals.
“Russian clubs are showing interest in Matej,” he told Sport24. “But he also had offers from Rangers, Aston Villa and one major Ukrainian club. However, Burnley decided to keep him in the squad. They are short of strikers and that was the reason.”
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Rangers fans may already be fearing that they may rue missing out on Vydra. Gerrard’s men could only draw 0-0 with Aberdeen at the weekend, subsequently losing further ground in the title race.
Vydra could have been an inspired signing for the Gers had Gerrard unleashed the player that won the Championship golden boot in 2017/18.
Both Rangers and Villa did manage to bring a striker in on deadline day. As mentioned, the Gers got Kamberi, while the Villans landed Borja Baston.
It remains to be seen how the two new signings get on. But perhaps they may now find themselves under greater pressure given that the two clubs also had their eye on a £10 million forward as the deadline loomed (fee reported by Bristol Live).