A defensive midfielder, his contract expires at the end of this season, although he may have hoped that the examples of Harry Kane, Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb would mean he would get a chance in the first-team at White Hart Lane.
However, a transfer to Serie A may not actually lead to the youngster playing for Udinese, and he could well be lining up against Tottenham in the Premier League next season.
Udinese’s sister club Watford are just two games away from securing promotion to the Premier League as Championship champions, and the Italians could sign Ward merely as a way to send him to the Hornets without paying a compensation fee.
It may be used to overcome a loophole, but they have shown in the past that transfers to a particular club do not mean they are being signed for that club; Miguel Layun and Juan Carlos Paredes spring to mind.
If they do win promotion, Ward would sign in the knowledge that he would be in the Premier League, at a team where first-team chances would likely come around with more frequency.
Watford’s path to signing the youngster may not be the most ethical, but Ward will not mind if it guarantees top flight football on a consistent basis. He may leave Tottenham in the summer to move to Italy, but he could actually be lining up against Spurs in the Premier League next season.