England Transfer News — 25 March 2013

Matej Vydra claimed the Player of the Year award in the ChampionshipIn this year’s Championship awards Matej Vydra won Player of the Year and Blackpool’s Tom Ince claimed the Young Player of the Year award.

Both players were in contention for the two awards and were rewarded for a superb season.


The young pair is amongst the top goalscorers in the English second tier. Vydra has struck 20 goals in the Championship this season and helped Watford to challenge for promotion to the Premier League.

As well as Ince Vydra beat off competition from Crystal Palace striker Glenn Murray, who has scored 29 goals in just 34 appearances this season for the Eagles. The former-Carlisle ace may feel slightly aggrieved at not claiming the gong after enjoying the season of his life.

Highly-rated youngster Tom Ince has scored a very creditable 18 goals from his position on the wing for the Tangerines and was rewarded by being given the Young Player of the Year award.


Both the youngsters have been linked with moves to the Premier League. Ince was linked with the likes of Premier League Swansea and Reading in January. However, it’s Liverpool that are expected to win the race for the winger with a summer move mooted.

Ince started his career with the Reds, before moving to the Tangerines on a free transfer after being released by the Merseysider’s. It could prove a costly mistake with the fee for Ince likely to be £7-8million.

Matej Vydra is a highly-rated youngster, but is only on-loan at Vicarage Road from Italy club Udinese. Watford are looking to sign him the 20 year-old Czech Republic striker on a permanent deal. Promotion to the top flight would help their chances of signing Vydra, but if the Hornets fail in their attempts to clinch promotion then Vydra is unlikely to be at the club next season.

Will the youngsters get big summer moves?


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