Matej Vydra has been the revelation of the Championship season, leading Watford to the brink of promotion.
He scored 20 goals in 41 games as well as providing nine assists, helping them qualify for the play-offs and a Wembley appearance.
Watford lost 1-0 to Crystal Palace yesterday, with their loan star unable to make the difference on the big stage, but that should not mean his hopes of playing in the top flight of English football are gone.
Vydra is contracted to Italian club Udinese, and with his season at Watford over will no doubt be planning his imminent return to the Serie A side.
Udinese top-brass are said to be thrilled with his performances on loan, with a 'positive headache' over what to do with him next season.
The Czech striker has attracted interest from clubs in Russia, but also Tottenham Hotspur too, impressed by his finishing ability and raw potential.
Vydra is only 21-years-old and clearly has a bright future ahead of him, and the deliberations about his future will now begin.
Udinese will strongly consider bringing him back and integrating him into their side, yet if a big bid comes in, even one around £8 million, they will see such a figure as a nice bonus on one of their youth prospects - rather than selling a current first team star.
There would have been another option of course if Watford had gained promotion. The Hornets would have begun attempting to persuade Udinese to let him go on loan to the club in the Premier League - arguing stepping up a level would be good for his development, while still remaining contracted to the Italians.
Now there is little chance of Udinese agreeing to let him head back to play Championship football again and risk stagnating at the level, which is good for potential other suitors like Tottenham as it makes any attempts to sign him more straightforward.
Importantly, Vydra's contract at Udinese expires in the summer of 2014, leaving them at risk of letting him walk away on a free next summer, and preventing them from over-charging clubs for his signature this summer.
With Spurs also attempting to sign big name strikers like David Villa and Leandro Damiao, they may just find a striker who has been playing his football at Watford over the past year represents the best bargain of the summer.
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