Jay-Roy Grot confirms he had interest form Fiorentina before Leeds United move

Leeds United fans celebrate after the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

The new Leeds United striker could have been a Fiorentina player, had the Serie A side, who finished eighth last season, made an offer.

Jay-Roy Grot of Leeds United and Joe Worrall of Nottingham Forest in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26,...Jay-Roy Grot in action for Leeds United (right)

Leeds United striker Jay-Roy Grot has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that Fiorentina were interested in signing him before his move to Elland Road last month.

Leeds are said to have paid an initial £750,000 for the former NEC Nijmegen player, who scored seven goals in 28 appearances last term - his first full campaign since turning professional.

But had Fiorentina agreed to the add-ons and clauses which Leeds are committed to paying - something the failed to do according to the Dutch media - there's a chance Grot would have been Serie A bound long before the Whites' came in for him.

General view during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and UC Sampdoria at Stadio Artemio Franchi on August 27, 2017 in Florence, Italy.Fiorentina's Stadio Artemio Franchi

"They (Fiorentina) were interested but they didn’t get an offer to NEC," Grot told the Yorkshire Evening Post. "It was a little bit like 50-50. I had a good year in Holland but I didn’t know if I would leave this summer. Clubs have to buy you and at the start I didn’t know if anyone was interested."

Grot, who can also play on the right wing, was signed primarily to beef up Leeds' front line following Chris Wood's sale to Burnley.

The 6ft 3in 19-year-old made his debut as a late substitute in the Whites' win at Nottingham Forest the weekend before last, and is in line to make his Elland Road bow against Burton Albion this Saturday.

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in Nottingham,...Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen

Thomas Christiansen's side have made an impressive start to the new campaign, winning three and drawing two of their five Championship fixtures, and can break into the top two if they better Ipswich Town's result at Queens Park Rangers.

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