West Ham have joined the race for highly-rated Udinese striker Matej Vydra, according to Sky Sports.

The 21-year-old Czech sensation took the Championship by storm with Watford last season, scoring 20 goals in 41 league appearances, and is reported to be eager for a chance to shine in the Premier League next season.

Udinese are not willing to sell the youngster and have given the green light for his representatives to find him another club to spend the season on loan at.

And the Hammers are one of four Premier League clubs who have submitted a loan bid for the striker.

Vydra’s agent Ondrej Chovanec told “They [Udinese] don’t want to sell him for £8million, so they have given us freedom to discuss loan spells with the Premier League clubs that are interested.

“At the moment we have offers from four Premier League clubs – West Brom, West Ham, Swansea and Sunderland.”

Chovanec also confirmed that the Premier League will be the most likely destination for Vydra after turning down an approach from Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen.

“At Udinese they don’t want Matej to have to get used to life in a different country, so now it seems likely that he will be playing on in England,” he said.

Vydra was named Championship Player of the Year with Watford last season.