Watford manager Malky Mackay is planning talks with Middlesbrough counterpart Tony Mowbray over the prospect of keeping Andrew Taylor.
Full-back Taylor is on loan at Watford until the New Year and has impressed in making 12 appearances during his time at Vicarage Road.
Since joining the Hornets, Taylor has seen Mowbray replace Gordon Strachan as Boro boss and it is unclear if he has a future at The Riverside.
Mackay is keen to retain the 24-year-old's services beyond January and is waiting to speak to Mowbray regarding the situation.
"We have had no communication with Middlesbrough over him coming back. I will talk to Tony Mowbray soon," said Mackay in the Watford Observer.
"I thought it was important to let Tony get his feet under the table for a couple of weeks so he could see what he had in front of him as he probably couldn't have answered the question about Andrew when he first came in.
"In the near future I will be ringing him to see what the situation is.
"It is one of those things when a new manager takes over, every player then has to see what happens with their future so we will await developments."
Meanwhile, Mackay has also confirmed he will not be pursuing an interest in Slovenian midfielder Rok Straus following a brief trial at the club.
He added: "He came in for a couple of days, it was purely just to have a look and he has gone back to his parent club. It was nothing other than to have a look."