Derby County have paid a whopping £12.5m to sign Czech Republic striker Matej Vydra from Watford, it has been claimed.

The Rams have snapped up the hitman in a bid to power a promotion push to the Premier League and they have dug deep into their transfer kitty to take him to Pride Park.

Vydra has penned a four-year contract with Derby and though in some quarters the fee paid has been said to be around £8m, the actual total is much higher.

According to Czech sports daily Sport, Derby have in fact lavished £12.5m to sign the striker.

Vydra is not short on Championship experience, having turned out in the league for Watford and, last season on loan, Reading.


Still just 24 years old, Vydra first arrived in England with Watford on loan from Udinese in the 2012/13 campaign.

He joins a Derby side sitting in 18th spot in the Championship following a lacklustre start to the campaign.

Derby lost 1-0 at Burton Albion on Friday night and have five points from five games.