Watford midfielder Philip Zinckernagel scored the winning strike for Nottingham Forest against Fulham last night, as they boosted their hopes of promotion to the Premier League.

It was the Dane's 17th goal involvement this season for Forest (seven goals, ten assists) who are understood to be keen on extending his time in the Midlands beyond the current campaign.

Whether or not an agreement can be reached with Watford is something that will be decided in the summer, with sources close to the player telling the Watford Observer that, though Forest have expressed their interest in making the deal a permanent one, nothing has been decided yet.

What appears clear however is that Zinckernagel has benefited from this season in the second tier with Forest and would likely be a valuable asset next season, having now been a part of two teams pushing for promotion to the top flight.

Should the Hornets be relegated, as now appears likely, having someone of his stature would help for next season's push for an instant return to the Premier League.

Earlier this month, the player spoke about his future, saying the plan was to go back to Watford, but that conversations would continue into the summer.

“I guess it kind of depends what happens to Forest and what happens to Watford as well," said Zinckernagel. "But the plan is obviously I’ll go back to Watford, that’s where I have a contract, that’s where I am being paid and where I’m supposed to be. But I haven’t thought too much about it.

“At the same time, I’m just trying to help Forest get into the top-six and the Premier League. That’s my goal right now, and then we’ll see what’s going to happen in the summer.”