The Yorkshire-based club had hoped to agree a deal for Forestieri before the close of the transfer window, with Watford expected to sell him. The attacking midfielder has failed to be included in either of Quique Sanchez Flores’ matchday squads for the opening two games of the Premier League campaign, and there are doubts about his place in the 25-man selection that must be made at the end of the transfer window.
The Whites were reportedly looking to move for him, as Uwe Rosler targets another attacking reinforcement, but any deal looks dead in the water.
Leeds wanted a loan deal with the option to sign Forestieri permanently at the end of the season, but the Hornets are reluctant for that kind of transfer. It is believed a loan deal without the option to purchase him is favoured, to ensure Forestieri receives consistent football after a tough season of injuries last term, but can still break into the Watford side in the future. If the Hornets were to sell him outright, they would be looking for a transfer fee which Leeds cannot afford.
Whilst it appears as if Leeds have pulled out of a deal, there is one Championship side still hoping to sign the attacking midfielder before the end of the transfer window, with the same report claiming Sheffield Wednesday want him.
The Owls have strengthened well this summer, but remain keen on signing Forestieri, and believe they will be able to complete a deal in the coming days.