Matej Vydra’s agent Ondrej Chovanec revealed on Sport24 that both Rangers and Aston Villa failed in their attempts to sign the 27-year-old in January.
The Czech footballer’s agent said that Burnley refused to part with their forward because they were already short of strikers.
“Russian clubs are showing interest in Matej,” he said. “But he also had offers from Rangers, Aston Villa, and one major Ukrainian club. However, Burnley decided to keep him in the squad. They are short of strikers and that was the reason.”
The forward was expected to move out of Turf Moor in the January window having struggled to secure game time for the Premier League outfit this season. He only made six substitute appearances in the league for Sean Dyche’s side this campaign.
Vydra started his career by joining the youth ranks of Vysočina Jihlava in 2003 and went on to spend short stints at a host of clubs including Club Brugge, Watford, West Brom, and Reading. He joined the Clarets in 2018, racking up 19 league appearances for the club so far.
The Czech Republic international looked likely to be moving to Ibrox with Rangers boss Steven Gerrard intent on signing him last month. However, the transfer move failed to materialize in the end and the Gers signed Florian Kamberi on loan from Hibernian.
Aston Villa were also interested in hiring his services, but they also ended up signing another forward- Borja Baston on a free transfer.