Report explains reason why Fernando Forestieri is reluctant to sign for Leeds United

Elland Road pitchside

Leeds' move to sign Fernando Forestieri could now be in doubt.

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Watford forward Fernando Forestieri is reluctant to join Leeds United - as he would rather stay down south.

Forestieri, 25, hit eight goals for the Hornets last season as they won promotion to the Premier League, but a host of new signings at Vicarage Road mean that he may struggle for first team football this season.

Now, Forestieri has been lined up for an exit. The Yorkshire Evening Post reported over the weekend that Leeds United had agreed a £3m fee to bring the former Italian youth international to Elland Road, with the decision left in the hands of the player as he decides his next move.

However, Forestieri was then named on the bench for Watford's clash with Southampton on Sunday, bringing his move to Elland Road into real doubt.

Now, the Yorkshire Evening Post report that Forestieri is reluctant to make the move to Leeds, with the primary reason being that he would prefer to stay down south having established himself in Watford.

That doesn't necessarily mean that the move to take Forestieri to Leeds is dead, but it may take more convincing than manager Uwe Rosler and chairman Massimo Cellino had first imagined.

The report also notes rival interest from Sheffield Wednesday and Reading, the latter of which could be in the driving seat if Forestieri really does want to stay down south.

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