Brighton emerge as clear favourites to sign Sheffield Wednesday's Fernando Forestieri with bookies

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Is the Sheffield Wednesday star on his way to Brighton & Hove Albion?

Brighton & Hove Albion have emerged as clear favourites to sign Sheffield Wednesday forward Fernando Forestieri with bookmakers Sky Bet.

The Seagulls were not even listed as candidates to sign the Owls' talisman when Sky Bet re-opened the market earlier this week, but are now 4/7 to secure his signature with no other club shorter than 18/1.

Fernando Forestieri of Sheffield Wednesday celebrates after scoring the opening goal from a penalty during the Sky Bet Championship match between Huddersfield Town and Sheffield Wednesday...Fernando Forestieri of Sheffield Wednesday celebrates

Forestieri has failed to feature in either of Wednesday's last two Championship fixtures, following an alleged bust-up with teammate Sam Winnall, for which the Argentina-born player has since apologised.

But his future at Hillsborough remains uncertain, and the Owls could look to cash in with financial fair play hindering their search for new signings.

With Sam Baldock currently sidelined, Brighton would likely have room for Forestieri, who has recently expressed a desire to play through the middle.

The 2015 signing from Watford has scored or assisted 41 goals in 78 games for Wednesday, and finished as top scorer in each of his two campaigns at Hillsborough.

Could the Owls lose Forestieri to Brighton?

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