The Sun on Sunday (12/5; page 59) reports that Sheffield United are preparing a bid to sign Fernando Forestieri from Sheffield Wednesday.

Direct transfers between the two rivals are rare, but have happened. In fact there have been six previous examples.

Leigh Bromby

Bromby has the added statistic of being the only player to have played more than 100 matches for both clubs.

The defender came through the Wednesday youth system before joining the Blades in 2004.

Bromby was part of the squad that was promoted to and played in the Premier League in 2006/07.

Terry Curran

More fondly remembered at Hillsborough, Curran’s goals helped the Owls gain promotion from the Third Division in 1979/80.

The winger spent three years there before signing for United for just one season and he later managed in non-league.

Caolan Lavery

Lavery has only left Bramall Lane this summer, having not been retained by the club after his contract expired.

The striker was among Chris Wilder’s first signings when he became manager in the summer of 2016, joining from boyhood side Wednesday.

Lavery played regularly that first year in League One, but fell out of favour in the Championship.

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Owen Morrison

First brought to English football from his native Northern Ireland by the Owls, Morrison spent five years there before leaving in 2003.

The winger moved directly to the Blades, where things didn’t work out quite as well. Morrison left after just five months and eight appearances.

Alan Quinn

Like Bromby, Quinn played regularly for both of the Steel City rivals during a varied career. The midfielder played youth football in his boyhood city of Dublin before being signed by Wednesday, where he spent seven years.

Then in 2004 Quinn directly joined United in a free transfer and was also part of that promotion squad in 2005/06.

Wilf Rostron

Better remembered for his time at Watford, Rostron did have two brief spells at both Sheffield clubs.

The first came after leaving the Hornets and arriving at Hillsborough – which was his home for just eight months.

Rostron went on to the Blades, where he played for a season, before leaving for Brentford in the summer of 1991.

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