Report claims Stoke are big admirers of Fernando Forestieri, as Middlesbrough and Birmingham track Barry Bannan

Jos Luhukay, Manager of Sheffield Wednesday looks on prior to the The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round between Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City at Hillsborough on February 17, 2018 in...

Stoke City, Middlesbrough and Birmingham City could each look to profit from Sheffield Wednesday's precarious financial state.

Jos Luhukay, Manager of Sheffield Wednesday looks on prior to the The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round between Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City at Hillsborough on February 17, 2018 in...

Stoke City, Middlesbrough and Birmingham City could each look to profit from Sheffield Wednesday's precarious financial state, according to the Star.

The report claims Wednesday are keen to trim their £25million-plus wage bill this summer, as two of their highest earners attract interest from rival clubs.

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...

Stoke are described as being 'big admirers' of Fernando Forestieri, the Argentina-born forward who ended last season with five goals from six starts, while Middlesbrough and Birmingham are 'believed to be tracking' Barry Bannan, according to the Star.

Derby, ENGLAND- October 29: Barry Bannan of Sheffield Wednesday and Jacob Butterfield of Derby County in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Sheffield...

Bannan, the Owls' string puller in central midfield, was a reported target for Birmingham during last summer's transfer window.

Despite Sheffield Wednesday's predicament, the Star adds that 'it remains unclear whether the Owls’ hierarchy would entertain offers for the pair', whose March returns catalysed their side's surge up the Championship table.

Stoke have already spent close to £20million on two new signings, Oghenekaro Peter Etebo and Benik Afobe, since their relegation from the Premier League, although Middlesbrough and Birmingham are themselves thought to be wary of breaching Financial Fair Play regulations after heavy spending last summer.

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