With the Championship play-offs going on around them, Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder can steal a march on his rivals as he assesses his squad ahead of the challenge of the Premier League next season.
It seems Wilder could be looking close to home though, with a move for Sheffield Wednesday striker Fernando Forestieri on the cards, according to print edition of The Sun (May 12, Page 59).
Though fans would surely be reluctant to see one of their own players join their arch rivals, it could be that the Owls are looking to balance the books with a fee of around £14million likely to be asked for the 29-year-old, according to the report.
So would Forestieri be a good signing for the Blades?
“This is a strange one.
“Not only would Forestieri be under more pressure and scrutiny because of his links to Wednesdday, but he has shown more flashes of brilliance than consistently reliable performances in recent seasons.
“That doesn’t really seem like the sort of thing the Blades will need in the Premier League.”
“This wouldn’t be good business at £14m
“He did nothing this season to warrant that price tag.
“Maybe for five or six, then it’d be a decent move.
“Is it worth the hassle though? He’s not popular at Bramall Lane.”
“Forestietri is a good player and he’s done very well for Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship over the past few seasons.
“He could be a decent signing for the Blades, although it remains to be seen whether he is good enough to make the step up to the Premier League.
“I can’t see Sheffield Wednesday wanting to sell an important player to their biggest rivals either, so it will be interesting to see what happens with this one over the next few weeks.”