Exciting young Czech forward Matej Vydra is the subject of a loan offer from West Bromwich Albion, with at least three other English Premier League sides waiting in the wings for his signature.
Vydra spent last season on loan under Gianfranco Zola at Championship club Watford, but has fixed his sights firmly on a Premier League switch this time around.
Zola would like the Championship Player of the Year to make a return to Vicarage Road following a splendid showing last campaign, but the likelihood of that is slim.
West Ham United, Sunderland and Swansea City have all been keeping tabs on the 21-year-old, plus some interest remains in the German Bundesliga. The chances of Watford taking the player back for a second season look non-existent.
Baggies boss Steve Clarke spent the summer so far looking closely at former Chelsea forward Saloman Kalou, now of Lille. However, the experienced Ivorian made it clear he’s happy in France for now.
Therefore, Clarke moved swiftly to show his hand before all others in the race to sign Vydra. Udinese must now decide whether to loan out the player once again, or tell Albion to stump up hard cash for a permanent deal instead.
Meanwhile, Vydra will be hoping that other interested parties make a play for his services soon, thus handing him several options on which to ponder.