Leeds fans besiege Radrizzani with January shopping lists after takeover
By Harry Sykes
Leeds fans besieged new owner Andrea Radrizzani with their January transfer lists after he completed his takeover on Wednesday.
Supporters took to Twitter to message the Italian sports media mogul within minutes of the announcement that he had taken joint ownership of the Yorkshire giants.
Fans welcomed Radrizzani to the club, with many taking the opportunity to send the 42-year-old their Leeds January shopping lists.
Popular requests included tying manager Garry Monk to a long-term contract, converting the loan deals of Pontus Jansson, Kyle Bartley, Pablo Hernandez and Hadi Sacko into permanent transfers and making signings this month that will immediately strengthen the first team.
Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter:
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— Ian Smith (@wolfeysmith) January 4, 2017
— Michael Milner (@MichaelMilnerr) January 4, 2017
@andrearadri welcome know ur busy but will u be sorting taylor,Bartley,Pablo,jansson and monk new deals reply would be great Mot
— Luke (@luke83m) January 4, 2017
— Matthew McIntyre (@matthewmcinty13) January 4, 2017
@andrearadri 1st thing to do is sign jansson Bartley Hernandez and sacko
— Mark Laurie (@weasel260967) January 4, 2017
— Chris Coleman (@BlueOct_ChrisC) January 4, 2017
— Danny Crossland (@DannyCrossland8) January 4, 2017
Radrizzani, who is renowned as an expert in TV sports rights, sealed his long-awaited investment in the club with a purchase of a 50 per cent stake from Massimo Cellino.
Leeds will move forward in the coming months under joint ownership between Radrizzani and Cellino after months of talks over an equity sale reached a positive conclusion.
As part of the deal Radrizzani has the option to take over Cellino’s 50 per cent stake in July to give him 100 per cent ownership of one of English football’s biggest clubs.
The takeover has been almost universally welcomed by fans who have been highly critical of the three-year sole ownership of Cellino.
The controversial Italian has made a series of decisions that have bewildered and infuriated supporters, including hiring and firing a string of head coaches, senior managers and academy staff, and having running battles with the football authorities and TV companies.
In other Leeds transfer news, these are the first two signings that incoming new owner Radrizzani will make in the January transfer window.