With the ink not even dry on the current Championship season, Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce is already having to react to interest in his one of his star players, with local rivals Sheffield United keen on 29-year-old striker Fernando Forestieri, according to print edition of The Sun (May 12, Page 59).
Bruce is known to be a big fan of the Argentine, but with the Owls needing to balance the books he could be sold if a club meet the expected £14 million asking price, as per the aforementioned report.
But is Forestieri worth that amount?
“I’m not convinced by this valuation.
“Forestieri has looked a high value player at times, but not consistently enough to warrant a price tag such as this.
“This could be more about putting off their rivals for Sheffield Wednesday.”
“Not a chance, no.
“For that money I’d want Bannan too.
“Forestieri did little this season, he’s certainly worth much less than he was a year ago.
“If United pay that, it’s madness.”
“I don’t think so.
“Forestieri is a good player and he has done very well for Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship over the past few seasons.
“He could be a decent signing for the Blades, but £14m seems like an awful lot for a player with no Premier League experience.
“I don’t think he’s done enough in the Championship to prove that he’d be good enough in the Premier League and I’d be very surprised to see Sheffield United spend £14million on him – especially as they will be competing in the Premier League on a fairly limited budget.”