Massimo Cellino explains why Leeds won’t sign Fernando Forestieri from Watford

Watford forward Fernando Forestieri will not join Leeds United, claims Massimo Cellino.

Leeds United chairman Massimo Cellino has revealed on the club’s official website that the club have ended their interested in signing Fernando Forestieri from Watford.

Championship outfit Leeds were interested in recruiting the forward before the end of the summer transfer window, but Cellino has explained why the West Yorkshire club will not pursue the 25-year-old any more.

“We decided on Tuesday that we would not be signing Forestieri,” the Italian entrepreneur said in a statement published on Leeds’ official website.

“it was clear he didn’t have the right mentality needed to come to Leeds. I want players to show a hunger and desire to come here – but he did not.”

Leeds and Watford, who got promoted to the Premier League from the Championship at the end of last season, had agreed a fee for the transfer of Forestieri, as revealed in the statement.

However, Cellino claims that the former Genoa striker did not have the desire and hunger that some of the other Leeds summer signings showed before putting pen to paper.

“It was not about the money,” said the Italian. “A player could cost £3million, £5m or be a free transfer, but if their mentality isn’t right then I will not sign them for Leeds.

“Players like Wood, Adeyemi and Dallas are what we need here – they gave everything to show that they wanted to join Leeds. Look at Murphy, he showed a great commitment to the club.

“All our new signings showed that they really wanted to play for Leeds. We are building a team of players with the same attitude and the mentality needed to make Leeds successful again.

“Forestieri did not show that and we have moved on. We ended the deal on Tuesday and we are now looking at different players.”

It seems that Leeds are still interested in making more signings, despite having brought in a number of new players over the past few weeks.

Charlie Horton, Lee Erwin, Sol Bamba, Chris Wood, Ross Turnbull and Stuart Dallas have been signed from Cardiff City, Motherwell, Palermo, Leicester City, Barnsley and Brentford respectively.

Tom Adeyemi has moved to Leeds on a season-long loan deal from Championship rivals Cardiff.

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