By Alex Stevens
Andrea Radrizzani is set to become a major stakeholder in Leeds within a fortnight, according to a report.
The Sun claim the Italian sports media mogul is poised to buy a 50 per cent stake in the Championship club and provide them with “valuable funds” ahead of the January transfer window.
It is said that the first two players who Radrizzani wants to tie down following the imminent buyout are defender Pontus Jansson and playmaker Pablo Hernandez.
The international pair joined Leeds on loan in the summer transfer window, with Jansson arriving on a season-long deal from Torino and Hernandez on a five-month loan from Qatari club Al-Arabi.
Sweden international Jansson has spoken of his desire to sign a permanent deal with the Championship club, while manager Garry Monk has expressed his hope that one-time Spain international Hernandez will pen a long-term contract with the club.
Jansson played in Leeds’ 2-0 defeat to Brighton on Friday night, which put a dent in their hopes of narrowing the gap on the automatic promotion place.
Hernandez is currently absent with a hamstring problem and was not in the matchday squad for the clash at the AMEX Stadium.
Radrizzani is in advanced talks with current Elland Road owner Massimo Cellino to buy a 50 per cent stake in the club through his investment vehicle Aser Media.