Lupoli eyes permanent move
Arturo Lupoli reveals Sheffield United are in talks with Fiorentina to make his loan move permanent.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 01/06/09 4:01pm
Arturo Lupoli has revealed that Sheffield United are in talks with Fiorentina to make his loan move from the Serie A club permanent.
The Italian joined the Blades on-loan in February and immediately endeared himself to the fans after notching on his debut in the Steel City derby against Sheffield Wednesday.
Despite such a positive start to life at Bramall Lane the 21-year-old has started just one more game since and found himself on the bench for the play-off final defeat to Burnley last week.
However in spite of his lack of starts the former Arsenal man is optimistic that both clubs can come to an agreement which will see him continue as a Blades player next season.
"I would love to stay at Sheffield United, but it is up to both them and Fiorentina to sort things out," he skysports.com.
"It would be a great option for me to stay in Sheffield because I want to establish myself at a club now, after three different loan spells in the last two years.
"I got a call two days ago informing me that Sheffield United are in talks with Fiorentina about keeping me permanently, but whether it will go further depends on whether they can come to an agreement."
Lupoli is hoping that both clubs can settle on a permanent transfer with the striker looking to settle down after loans spells at Derby, Norwich and Sheffield United in the past two years.
"It is always good to go out on loan and play regular football, especially in the Championship, which is a very high level of football," he added.
"But there comes a time when you just want to settle down and establish yourself at one club and that is what I would like to do now.
"Hopefully it will be at Sheffield United, but if not then somewhere else where I can get my career back to the top level again."