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Leeds transfer target Steve Sidwell is at odds with Massimo Cellino's mandatory request

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Why Leeds United target Steve Sidwell may not be a good fit for Massimo Cellino's policy.

Leeds United have been linked with signing Steve Sidwell by The Sun, but there is an important reason why he may fall foul of owner Massimo Cellino's rules.

The 32-year-old signed with Stoke City last summer, and TeamTalk report that he has still not moved to the area, deciding instead to commute from London instead.

Sidwell has played for London sides Arsenal, Brentford, Chelsea and Fulham through his career, and may himself have to be convinced over a move to Yorkshire.

Massimo Cellino will not stand for Sidwell deciding to continue to live in London while playing for Leeds, for he made his stance clear last summer.

Cellino told The BBC: "Next season I do not want one single player who lives outside of Leeds, no way. That is mandatory.

"Last year there were players who were coming late to games."

Described by The BBC as both a mandatory request and an order, it was a stance he followed through on.

Speaking to The Sun about his decision to sell Stephen Warnock to Derby County in January, Cellino admitted the geographical rule was a factor in his sale:

"When a player is 30, they will only get a year-by-year contract — that is my rule. He is older, lives in Liverpool and refused to move to Leeds — and is often complaining."

How keen Sidwell is on a move to Leeds will be evidenced by his personal decisions, and it could be a deal-breaker.

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