By Alex Stevens

Andrea Radrizzani is still waiting for the green light from the Football League to complete his takeover of Leeds, according to a reliable journalist.

The sports media mogul is in advanced negotiations to take a majority stake in the Championship giants after extensive discussions with current owner Massimo Cellino.

Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay reported on his personal Twitter account that Radrizzani is still awaiting official ratification from Football League chiefs before the deal is done.

Responding to a question from a Leeds fan on Twitter on Friday, Hay explained that the Italian businessman is having to remain patient while the deal inches towards completion.

However, Hay did provide assurances that the tycoon will have no problem passing the League’s owners and directors test.

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“The League knows he complies with its rules,” said the journalist as Radrizzani prepares to take the reigns at one of the biggest clubs in English football.

Radrizzani went public last month to reveal that he is in talks to buy a major stake in Leeds in two separate stages.

The co-founder of media rights group MP & Silva, who has been seen at Elland Road on numerous occasions this season, revealed in an interview with The Straits Times that he was in “advanced negotiations” with Cellino.

“Massimo has 100 per cent now and if I do the deal, I will enter the club during this season with 50 per cent and have the option to buy him out completely in June next summer,” said Radrizzani.

Radrizzani’s timing is exemplary given the team’s improved form under Garry Monk and the fact that Cellino was last week slapped with a ban from football for 18 months for breaching agent regulations.

The FA have ordered that the controversial Cellino has no involvement in the running of a club for 18 months, with the suspension due to come into effect from February 2017.

Leeds secured one of their most impressive victories of the season on Tuesday night when they beat third-placed Reading 2-0 at Elland Road.

Monk’s side are sixth in the table heading into Saturday’s Championship encounter against Brentford, who are 14th.

If Leeds are able to clinch their second home victory in five days and other results go their way, they could end the weekend third in the second tier.

In other Leeds news, these are the first two signings that incoming new owner Radrizzani will make in the January transfer window.