Could Leeds reignite interest in Italian striker who is set to be offloaded by Yorkshire rivals?

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Fernando Forestieri is heading for the exit door at Sheffield Wednesday but after snubbing the Whites to join the Owls in 2015, should Leeds be looking to make another move for the forward?

The Daily Mirror reported yesterday that Wednesday were planning an overhaul of their squad after a disappointing season and with several of their players on high wages, they are looking to clear up some of their wage bill with former Whites loanee Barry Bannan and Forestieri on that list of potential departures.

Injury at the start of the last campaign plighted the striker’s progress in the Championship and only made a return to action during the closing stages of the season.

Nevertheless, during his three-year stint with the Yorkshiremen the 28-year-old has scored 32 goals in 66 appearances – the most he’s managed at any club in his entire career.

Several of Leeds’ attacking options failed to impress the Elland Road faithful after a long summer of recruitment which saw Caleb Ekuban, Jay-Roy Grot, Pawel Cibicki and, through a lack of effort at times, Pierre-Michel Lasogga disappoint on their first and probable last season in the Championship.

Negotiations with priority target Abel Hernandez continue to ensue and are likely to progress with Marcelo Bielsa’s appointment as head coach edging ever closer to confirmation, but should Leeds look to bolster their attack further then Forestieri would be a quality addition to the Whites ranks.

The Italian youth international’s injury record last season would be a concern to any potential suitors but considering his experience in the Championship – and the fact that he netted more goals (five) in the latter stages of the season than Caleb Ekuban and Jay-Roy Grot did combined (three) over the whole campaign – it would be well worth the risk.