Sheffield United are planning an audacious move for Sheffield Wednesday star Fernando Forestieri, with Chris Wilder said to be a 'huge fan' of the attacking midfielder, according to a report from The Sun on Sunday (12/5; page 59).
The Blades are now making plans for the Premier League after securing automatic-promotion on the penultimate weekend of the Championship season, and it appears that they are looking to their main rivals for one of their transfer targets.
The Sun on Sunday (12/5; page 59) reports that the Sheffield United scouts are all behind a bid for Forestieri, and Wilder is looking to use the majority of his budget on signing two attacking players.
The reports that the Owls are willing to sell the 29-year-old for around £14 million, and that is not putting Wilder off a move for the former Watford man, who has scored six goals in 25 league appearances this term.
It has not been an easy couple of campaigns for Forestieri, who played just 10 times in the league last year. But he has scored 38 goals during his time at Hillsborough, and won the most recent Goal of the Month award for his outstanding strike at Norwich City.
It would be tough viewing for the Wednesday fans if he left for Bramall Lane and helped Wilder's men keep themselves in the top flight. But The Sun on Sunday note that Dejphon Chansiri is keen to balance the books, so perhaps an eight-figure offer for a player who has made 21 starts across the last two league seasons and turns 30 early next year may be too difficult to turn down - regardless of where that bid has come from.
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