The Golden Boys return from their summer break on Monday and immediately head to Italy for a three-week training camp but the Watford Observer understands transfer targets like Matej Vydra will not be among the travelling party.

In previous years players not yet contracted to the club have joined the Hornets squad for their pre-season trips ahead of moves but we understand that is not the case this time around.

The close relationship with fellow Pozzo-owned clubs Udinese and Granada meant players have trained with Watford for several weeks before their moves were finalised in the past.

Similarly, in previously trips some Watford players have not travelled on training camps as they were not expected to be involved with the first team during the following season.

However, we have been told all players who have professional contracts with the Hornets which go beyond June 30, when some deals expire, will be heading abroad with their team-mates, including Troy Deeney, who is expected to attract Premier League interest before the transfer window closes.

The summer signings will be travelling but we understand Lloyd Dyer and Heurelho Gomes will be linking up with the squad a couple of days later due to pre-booked holidays and breaks.

The Golden Boys will spend the first week of pre-season just outside Udine, the city in northern Italy where Udinese are based.

They will then be based just across the border in Austria for the following two weeks and will play two games in as many days in Bad Bleiberg before they return home.

On Saturday, July 12 the Hornets play Russian club and participants in last season's Europa League Rubin Kazan, with kick-off 6pm, and the next day they face German third division side FC Chemnitzer at 5pm.

The club say the full address for the venue of the two matches will be confirmed in due course.