Sunderland have made a loan bid for Udinese's Matej Vydra and he is keen to play for Paolo Di Canio, according to the striker's agent.
The 22-year-old Vydra is a target for many Premier League clubs after he scored 22 goals in 44 Championship appearances for Watford while on loan last season.
The loan came about as a result of Watford's relationship with Udinese, with Giampaolo Pozzo – who owns both clubs, and Spanish outfit Granada – making the move happen.
Sunderland are keen to sign Vydra on loan for next season, though, and the striker's agent, Ondrej Chovanec confirmed their interest.
Chovanec also said that the chance to play for Di Canio is something that interests his client.
"It is correct that Sunderland are interested, but they are interested in a loan at the moment. They don't want to spend that money at the moment," Chovanec told The Journal.
"Of course it is very interesting. I know Di Canio from when he was a player because I was the agent of Tomas Repka, who also played for West Ham.
"I also had a Czech Republic international, Lukas Magera, who went to Swindon.
"I think he builds a new team and he wants to get players who want to work hard and who are quick. He plays interesting football and he wants a squad that is capable of challenging for him next season.
"So it is an interesting club - but then Sunderland is always an interesting club in England.
"To work with Paolo Di Canio would be a good thing. I think he will probably end up coaching with one of the very top teams in England."
Chovanec added that Pozzo would make the decision on where Vydra goes and he expects Sunderland to have lots of competition in their bid to sign the Czech forward.
"The final decision is with Udinese Calcio and the owner Giampaolo Pozzo and there are a lot of clubs interested in this player," he said.
"Matej is a quality player and a top player for them, so they will be looking for the best deal available. He can play in a top level and I think that is what he will be doing next season."
Vydra would give Sunderland an out-and-out striker, a position they struggled with in the latter stages of last season after Steven Fletcher underwent ankle surgery.
Fletcher, who was the club's top scorer with 11 goals last season, missed the final month of the campaign as Sunderland staved off relegation.
Di Canio said: "Steven was a big miss for us. It was frustrating not to be able to call on him when I took over and it will boost us to have him back."
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