Report: Leeds not confident of signing Fernando Forestieri, alternative targets considered

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Leeds are reportedly close to ending their pursuit of Watford forward Fernando Forestieri.

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds United are losing hope in their bid to sign Watford forward Fernando Forestieri.

The Whites have already added two new forwards to their side this summer, with Lee Erwin and Chris Wood arriving from Motherwell and Leicester City respectively.

However, manager Uwe Rosler seemingly wants another attacking threat, with reports from the Yorkshire Evening Post over the weekend suggesting that Leeds had agreed a £3m deal with Watford to sign Italian forward Forestieri.

The 25-year-old, who hit eight goals for the Hornets last season as they won promotion to the Premier League, is now out of favour at Vicarage Road, with Quique Sanchez Flores able to select the likes of Odion Ighalo, Troy Deeney, Matej Vydra and Alessandro Diamati in the final third.

A move to Elland Road would have given him first team football, but the Yorkshire Evening Post believe that Leeds are close to giving up on their pursuit of Forestieri.

The diminutive forward is believed to prefer a move to a southern club, and with his move to Leeds stalling, Massimo Cellino and co look set to turn their attentions elsewhere with just over a week of the transfer window left.

It's stated that NEC Nijmegen winger Anthony Limbombe is Leeds' next top target, with the Belgian speedster the subjet of a failed £1.5m bid from the Whites already this summer.

With the move for Forestieri set to break down, Leeds' interest in signing Limbombe could intensify this week, as Rosler seeks more attacking options.

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