By Alex Stevens
Leeds owner Massimo Cellino is keen on buying a leading football club in Italy, according to a report.
The Sun claim the Elland Road chairman is investigating the possibility of taking over a club in the second tier Serie B division.
Cellino, who owned Cagliari for 22 years before buying a majority stake in Leeds in January 2014, has been a controversial figure at Leeds.
He has sacked six managers in just two-and-a-half years and reports emerged earlier this week that he was losing patience with new boss Garry Monk just four matches into his reign after a slow start to the season.
Leeds sealed their first win of their Championship campaign on Saturday with a notable 2-0 triumph in the Yorkshire derby against highly fancied Sheffield Wednesday.
Cellino recently revealed he had a takeover offer from soft drinks giant Red Bull but has no interest in selling up while the club is making money.
The Leeds owner explained he is happy in his role at a club with many earning opportunities and admitted he had turned down an offer from a company who own clubs in Germany and Austria.
“I had an offer from Red Bull,” Cellino told Italian sport website Isola 24 Sport. “But I do not want to sell, for now.
“In England football clubs earn money from their stadium, merchandising, TV rights, the public.
“It is a fluid market that allows you to sell and buy.”
Cellino has been embroiled in a number of scandals that have left him close to dismissal by the Football League.
In October 2015, it was announced by the Football League that Cellino had been disqualified as Leeds United owner for a year, for an issue regarding Italian Tax Legislation.
That ban was overturned in May of this year though, when he was acquitted of tax evasion after an appeal.
Disgruntled supporters have turned en masse on Cellino, with the group “Time To Go Massimo” holding regular protests.
Monk has been given the opportunity to be active in the market this summer as he looks to return the Yorkshire giants back to the English top flight.
Monk has made 10 senior signings so far, bringing in Rob Green, Kyle Bartley, Matt Grimes, Hadi Sacko, Kemar Roofe, Antonsson, Pablo Hernandez, Luke Ayling, Liam Bridcutt and Pontus Jansson.