Leeds United in the dark over Forestieri Sheffield Wednesday option

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Uwe Rosler has confirmed that Leeds United are in the running to sign Fernando Forestieri but said he was in the dark about the striker’s intentions amid claims of a fresh offer from Sheffield Wednesday.

United’s head coach admitted that Leeds had shown a “general interest” in Forestieri after the Elland Road club agreed a £3million fee for the 25-year-old forward late last week.

United planned to finalise the transfer ahead of Saturday’s game against Derby County, making Forestieri their eighth signing of the summer, but the forward has stalled over a move to Leeds and is now the subject of bids from other clubs.

Sheffield Wednesday, like Leeds, made an initial enquiry to take Forestieri on a season-long loan from Vicarage Road but that bid was rejected by Watford who plan to sell the ex-Udinese player before the transfer window closes on Tuesday. Wednesday are now reported to have tabled a £3million offer of their own and Reading remain in the hunt for Forestieri’s signature as next week’s FIFA deadline approaches.

Asked about Forestieri, Rosler said: “I cannot update you because I am not involved in any negotiations whatsoever. I know as much as you know.

“Obviously we have shown an interest in the player but where it is at this time I can’t tell you. I don’t know where we are.

“I know there was a general interest. I think everybody knew that. But where we are now, today, I can’t tell you.”

Forestieri’s reluctance to agree a move to Elland Road left United facing up to the prospect of abandoning negotiations in the early part of this week.

The YEP understands that the club are continuing to pursue a deal, however, despite believing that Forestieri is holding out for a different, more lucrative move.

Rosler said: “I haven’t spoken to the player so I can’t tell you if the player is willing to come or not willing to come. I can’t tell you because I don’t know.

“Of course I want everybody committed to our football club. This is fantastic job, it’s a privilege to work for Leeds United and of course I want everybody coming into our football club to be 110 per cent committed.”

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