Tottenham monitoring Watford striker Vydra

Tottenham Hotspur are keeping tabs on Watford striker Matej Vydra, who is on loan at the Championship side from Serie A team Udinese, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Vydra moved to Vicarage Road on a season-long loan last summer and has scored 16 goals so far, with Watford in talks with Udinese over making the temporary deal permanent. Watford and Udinese are both owned by the Pozzo family, who also have a controlling stake in Spanish side Granada.

The Mirror adds that with Tottenham in the market for a striker, they are also considering an offer for Celtic’s Gary Hooper, and in any event may face competition for Vydra from Premier League rivals.

Vydra’s agent, Ondrej Chovanec, said: “At the moment, five Premier League clubs are interested in Matej. But] we want Matej to stay with Watford at least until the summer. We are not planning any rush move for him.

Spurs Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas’ options in attack have been limited by the departure of Togo international Emmanuel Adebayor to the Africa Cup of Nations, leaving Villas-Boas only able to call upon Jermain Defoe as a senior, natural striker.

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