Stefano Okaka recommended a loan move to Udinese to Watford winger Ken Sema, according to the Italian striker.

In an interview with his new club following his permanent transfer, Okaka said he spoke highly of the Serie A side and told Sema it would be a good move for him to make.

Sema joined Udinese on loan back in August and has since featured twice for the Italian club and has since told Okaka he thinks it was good advice.

"I spoke to Ken very well, in particular, about the excellent organization of the company," said Okaka.

"The moment we met again here in Friuli he immediately told me I was right."

Okaka went on to say that he returned to Udinese to settle down and once again feel at home. 

Since rejoining the side he played for on loan last season, the striker feels optimistic about what the team can achieve.

"At this point in my career I felt the need to find a place where I felt at home and not having to settle down from scratch," he said.

"And for me Udine is just like a home, for me coming back here has always been a priority.

"In football certain episodes lead you to win or lose. Now we have to build our objectives game by game, in a month and a half we will see what our potential will be. I am an optimist."

Okaka is also optimistic about what he can achieve personally, after scoring six goals in 16 games with Udinese last season.

The 30-year-old believes reaching double figures for the season is within his capabilities, as well as making himself an important member of the squad.

"I think that goal is within my reach," he said.

"I hope to score as much as possible and get many assists. 

"I am pleased to be able to be seen as a leader of the group. It is not easy to have close personal relationships with all your team-mates, but I will try to be an example for everyone.

"I'm much fitter than I was in January. I think that it won't take much time before I'm starting matches."