Former Watford forward Matej Vydra says he would like to join a Premier League club on a permanent basis if he leaves Udinese this summer.
The 22-year-old, who Watford are interested in bringing back to Vicarage Road for a second spell, spent the 2013-14 season on loan at West Bromwich Albion, where he scored just three goals in 22 appearances.
The Czech Republic international was the Hornets’ top scorer during the 2012-13 campaign, netting 22 goals in 47 appearances and helping his side to the Championship play-off final.
The forward was the subject of interest from Swansea City, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United last summer and although more top-tier interest seems unlikely after a less-than-impressive loan spell at the Hawthorns, Vydra is keen to remain in the Premier League.
“I don’t want another loan spell and to be jumping into a new town year in, year out and getting to know new team-mates and other people from the club,” he told Czech news agency CTK.
“It takes you months and then it’s almost half of the season gone and you have another half to get some match practice. After all, it’s better to sign a contract somewhere for four or five years. That’s what I have in mind.
“I am an Udinese player but I have spoken to my agent and he says there’s interest in me in England and Germany.
“I said I had wanted to play in the Premier League and I have made that reality. Now I’m keen to stay there.
“The Premier League in England is my priority. Now it depends on whether the clubs reach an agreement and if the Udinese president lets me go.”