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Vydra follows Hart and Gibson to Burnley

By Opta
MatejVydra has joined Burnley

London, August 8: Burnley have completed the signing of Matej Vydra from Derby County for an undisclosed fee, reported to be worth in the region of £11million.

The Czech Republic forward was the top scorer in the Championship last season with 21 goals and has signed a three-year contract at Turf Moor containing the option of a further 12 months.

Vydra's arrival continues a flurry of transfer activity for Burnley as Thursday's deadline approaches, with Joe Hart secured from Manchester City earlier on Tuesday, while club-record signing Ben Gibson joined Sean Dyche's squad from Middlesbrough over the weekend.

Having previously played in England's top flight for Watford and West Brom, Vydra feels more equipped for the challenge this time around.

"I think five years ago I was like a kid in the Premier League. Now I feel I have more experience in English football, I speak better English and I have learned more in England, so I hope I'm a better player than five years ago," the 26-year-old told Burnley's official website.

"For the last four years I have been fighting to be in the Premier League.

"I haven't done it with the teams I was playing for and sometimes it has to be done with a transfer. Now I'm so happy."

Vydra will compete for a place up front in Dyche's line-up with Chris Wood, Sam Vokes and Ashley Barnes, while further attacking reinforcements could be on the way if reports linking Jay Rodriguez with a Burnley homecoming from West Brom prove accurate.

The Clarets face Istanbul Basaksehir in the third qualifying round of the Europa League on Thursday before starting their Premier League campaign at Southampton.

"My ambition is to play in the best league in the world so thank you to the gaffer here and to Burnley for giving me a hand to play in the Premier League," Vydra added.

"Now it's me to show he chose the right person and hopefully I will be successful with mine and Burnley's targets."

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    Story first published: Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 2:00 [IST]
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