Leeds shortlist revealed as journalist shares text exchange with Cellino, one deal is off
By Will Butcher
Leeds are close to announcing their seventh summer signing after owner Massimo Cellino confirmed on Monday that he was in talks with a central midfielder.
In a text conversation with Radio Yorkshire presenter Joe Rawson, Cellino revealed that a midfielder would be joining by Tuesday.
Despite this failing to materialise, it remains a matter of time before an announcement is made at Elland Road.
Rawson revealed the contents of his text exchange with Cellino on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday night.
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The former Cagliari owner confirmed to Rawson that the Bridcutt deal would take too much time, as Leeds haggle over a price with Sunderland.
The Evening Chronicle claim that The Black Cats value the Scottish international at £1.5million, despite only 12 months remaining on his contract, while Championship rivals Aston Villa also remain keen.
Rawson also confirmed The Whites have been linked with Tottenham playmaker Alex Pritchard, with an expected loan bid to be made after he was told he can leave, according to the Mirror.
Moves for duo Sheffield Wednesday’s Lewis McGugan and former Swansea star Michu have completely come out of the blue.
The Nottingham Post did reveal that McGugan was told he could leave Sheffield Wednesday after they close in on the signing of Almen Abdi from Watford, again confirmed by Rawson.
Spain international Michu played in the fourth tier of Spanish football last season with UP Langreo and could be tempted with a return to English football.
Leeds are desperate to add experience to their midfield, and have also been linked with Mathieu Flamini, Leon Osman and Andrea Lazzari.
In other Leeds transfer news, Cellino is also looking to use his Italian connections to claim the signature of this Brazilian Serie A winger.