Date: 15th June 2018 at 9:06am
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On Thursday it was reported that both Barry Bannan and Fernando Forestieri were now being tracked by a number of Championship sides.

The Star namechecked last season’s relegated Premier League side Stoke City with a particular interest in Forestieri, whilst Middlesbrough and Birmingham City were keen on Bannan.

The report wasn’t panic stations, it was more precautionary given both players are two of our highest earners and Wednesday have already indicated an intention to trim the wage bill this year for a safer financial footing.

It also didn’t suggest expressions of interest were in for the players or that the club was actively tempted to cash in and had lost sight of what matters to fans – on-pitch performances and results.

Each play their own part hugely in that and did so last year in a disappointing 15th place finish in the second tier.

There were some grumbles on Twitter given the ‘none story’ nature of the piece, but bottom line today in the media is everyone has bills to pay and targets to meet so positing the possibility of solving our financial ills by maximising these two sales as a discussion point is fair game in reality.

Especially when real news is thin on the ground.

That’s how most took it, but clearly, it’s an option that should remain off the table whilst there are other ways of solving financial problems. We can address that whilst continuing to be a threat in 2018/19 and looking for on-pitch improvements.

Rhodes is, of course, the tricky one, he just doesn’t seem to have found his feet with us or Middlesbrough – much in the way Rudy Gestede hasn’t since their partnership came to an end, but everyone knows exactly what he’s capable of given his time at Blackburn and Huddersfield.

Tapping into that would make a significant difference to our chances across a campaign but his style of play just doesn’t seem to match our preferred style of play.

The range of reactions did spread further though, some couldn’t see the clubs named as having a genuine interest at the fees required to tempt a sale. Others thought it might make sense to cash in now and avoid the risk of values dropping or the dreaded Bosman Ruling.

Either way, there are a number of players we can look to move on to improve our off pitch position, whilst targetting a much better season in the Championship and those players should be the focus and will hopefully continue to be so.