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Failed Leeds summer signing: I had to tell Cellino my star sign - and he doesn't like the number 17

Freddie Frans almost joined Leeds in the summer. Here's why he didn't...

Partick Thistle defender Freddie Frans has revealed exactly why he didn't join Leeds United this summer.

The Belgian was extremely excited by the prospect of moving to Elland Road but the transfer fell through when Dave Hockaday was sacked.

And Frans says owner Massimo Cellino made him tell him his star sign and revealed that he 'doesn't like the number 17 or the colour purple.'

“I thought I had seen everything when I left Belgium – but then I arrived at Leeds," Frans told the the Daily Record.

"My agent spoke to the owner and he said if Hockaday liked me I’d sign. I played two games and he said he wanted to sign me.

“I had to give him details about my star signs and all this stuff. He doesn’t like the number 17 or the colour purple among other things.

“We heard a few strange stories, like the one about Paddy Kenny not getting a deal because his birthday was on the 17th. Crazy.

“I was so happy to be signing for Leeds as well, it was a big step. But then I started to get suspicious as the deal wasn’t done and two Italian centre-backs arrived.

“Still Hockaday said he wanted me but they lost in a cup-tie to Brentford and he got sacked so I was back to Belgium.”

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