The 24-year-old midfielder has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, and he is expected to leave Udinese this summer with offers on the table.
An offer has already been submitted to the Zebrette by Al-Sadd - the new club of Barcelona legend Xavi - but Badu is said to favour a switch to England, having long admired the Premier League.
Stoke are ‘working to engage’ the defensive midfielder, having been impressed by his work rate and physicality, and Badu looks to be a great signing for any Premier League sides, with his style of play seeming to fit in much better in England than in Italy.
With his desire to move to England, it could actually be Watford who are the beneficiaries of Badu’s talent, despite the interest from Stoke.
Following the Hornets' promotion to the Premier League, the Pozzo family are looking to strengthen the club to keep them in the top flight, and Badu would fill a positional void that exists in Watford’s playing squad.
There is no real ‘destroyer’ midfielder in their ranks, and a need to add physicality to their squad has been highlighted on many occasions.
The Pozzo’s would rather send Badu to Watford than Stoke, so as to strengthen their line-up - whilst also not improving a rival side.
There are no confirmations that the Hornets have approached their sister club concerning the transfer of Badu to Vicarage Road, but with Stoke already making offers, they could be rushed into sending him to Hertfordshire ahead of next season.