Are Leeds United making a big transfer window mistake?

Massimo Cellino 1

Fernando Forestieri appears reluctant to move to Leeds United, so they should cut their losses.

For several days now Leeds United have been linked with signing Watford attacker Fernando Forestieri.

The Mirror reported a bid was accepted by Watford over the weekend, but the player has so far resisted the move.

He played for the Hornets in midweek, and the Yorkshire Evening Post reported he wants to join a club in the south of England.

With days quickly passing by until Tuesday's transfer deadline, the time has come for the club to walk away from a deal.

The reported £3 million set aside to buy Forestieri could be better spent elsewhere, and no more time should be wasted on trying to convince a player to sign who does not want to come, or needs his arm twisting to do so.

Leeds have only spent that amount on a single player once in 10 years, that was this summer on Chris Wood, and there are questions in any case whether making such a big investment in the Watford star is the game changer they need in terms of promotion.

The club could put the money towards a defender, winger and a striker, should at least one be secured on a loan agreement for the season.

If they leave it until too late to realise this though, the task will grow even more difficult, as their window of opportunity is closing fast.

The longer they leave it to move on to other target, the bigger risk there is of panic buying, and overspending, especially as clubs now know Leeds have money available.

Forestieri needs to either make his mind up instantly, or Leeds should abandon their own pursuit of him to avoid ending an impressive transfer window on an unsuccessful note.

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