By Matt Bullin

Reported Leeds United transfer target Filip Helander has claimed he does not know of any interest in him from the Yorkshire giants.

The 24-year-old Bologna enforcer’s comments come after a Goal report claimed Leeds had tabled a £3.5million bid for him.

It was said that his club were ready to play hardball with the Whites, and that they wanted £5.8million for the Swedish international.

The report also stated that Helander was keen on a move to Elland Road, as he once played alongside fan favourite Pontus Jansson at Malmo and with the Sweden national team.

However, in an interview with Swedish media outlet Fotboll Skanalen the 24-year-old remained coy on his future.

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“There is much speculation right now. I do not know. It would have been fun to play for Malmo again, too, but I do not either. I’m very happy in Bologna,” he said.

“I do not know. I do not know anything. How well I have no comments. I’m not too familiar with, but I’ve just been on vacation recently.

“I like Bologna and have been doing very well there. I had an injury filled season recently and I hope it’s an end to it now, I can be healthy and play next season.”

Helander joined Bologna in January from Serie A outfit Hellas Verona in a switch worth £1.75million.

However, the centre-back only managed to play 13 league and cup games for the club, as injuries ravaged the second-half of his 2016-17 campaign.

The 24-year-old has been capped by Sweden on two occasions, and he made his debut in the 3-2 friendly win over Portugal in March of this year.

The Elland Road faithful were excited by the prospect of signing Helander, and they took to Twitter to show it.

In other Leeds news, an interest has been expressed in this 24-year-old goalkeeper.

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