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15th Aug, 2016 | 1:51pm

Newcastle blow as £7m playmaker target posts Twitter apology

By Harvey Byrne

Newcastle target Fernando Forestieri has revealed that he will stop trying to engineer a transfer away from  Sheffield Wednesday this summer.

The Hillsborough star posted a message on his personal Twitter account on Monday apologising for his behaviour over the last week and stating that he still wanted to play for the club.

Carlos Carvahal revealed that the former Watford player had requested not to play in the club’s opening two matches of the Championship season.

However, the Portuguese manager did also state that Forestieri would not be leaving the club this summer and it was a message reiterated by the player as he asked for the forgiveness of supporters in a lengthy Twitter statement on Monday morning.

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“There are a lot of rumours and opinions going around which have been blown out of proportion and are upsetting,” the statement read. “I just want to clarify I have never wanted to leave and have always and still do want to play for Sheffield Wednesday! I apologise for my behaviour and know there is no excuse! I hope we can move on so I can focus only on my passion.”

The social media post comes after Sky Sports claims that Newcastle may be interested in signing the playmaker after Derby opened the bidding with a £7million offer.

Forestieri has set the Championship alight since his £3million move from Watford in 2015, scoring 15 goals in last season’s campaign for Wednesday.

The man who developed through the Boca Juniors ranks went on to play for the likes of Genoa, Malaga, Bari and Empoli before his move to England with Watford in 2012, while on loan from Udinese, which saw him impress and earn a permanent move.

Forestieri is under contract at Hillsborough until June 2019.

In other Newcastle transfer news, Saint Etienne have placed Henri Saivet at the top of their summer shortlist.