Former Sheffield Wednesday star Fernando Forestieri signs for Serie A side – but could he be back?
Former Sheffield Wednesday forward Fernando Forestieri has signed for Italian Serie A side Udinese, sparking theories he could make an almost immediate return to the Championship.
Udinese are the sister club of second tier new boys Watford, with both clubs owned by controversial businessman Gino Pozzo.
It was reported last week that Forestieri was training with the Hornets, who were relegated from the Premier League with a whimper last season, and last night’s announcement sparked widespread suggestions that the Argentina-born former Italy youth international would return on loan.
The move, it has been suggested, would allow the club to circumvent financial restraints and is a manoeuvre they have acted out previously. Forestieri, who signed for Wednesday from Watford in 2015, was first loaned to the Hornets during the 2012/13 season.
Two seasons later Udinese-registered pair Matej Vydra and Odion Ighalo arrived on loan, contributing 36 goals between them as the club finished as Championship runners up.
Should he make return to Watford Forestieri could make a return to Hillsborough as early as next weekend, with the promotion favourites scheduled to make the trip to S6 on September 19.
He scored 40 goals and contributed 18 assists in 134 Wednesday appearances across five years and was one of several long-serving players to leave the club this summer. He declined an offer to extend his contract beyond the end of his deal and see out the 2019/20 season with the club.