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23rd Aug, 2016 | 8:58am

Leeds international one of three players on shortlist of top-tier club - report

By Will Butcher

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino’s old side Cagliari are keeping tabs on Switzerland international Gaetano Berardi, according to a report.

The Elland Road right-back, who enjoyed his 28th birthday on Sunday, is high on the Rossoblu’s shortlist as manager Massimo Rastelli looks to give 21-year-old Nicola Murru some competition.

Italian outlet Gazza Mercato claim that Berardi is one of three names on their shortlist, alongside Sampdoria’s Vasco Regini and Davide Brivio.

A move for Berardi could prove difficult for Cellino’s former side though, after the former Sampdoria full-back limped off in the first-half of Leeds’ Championship opener against QPR earlier this mongh.

The defender, who signed for Leeds two years ago, is expected to be out until October after manager Garry Monk confirmed that he would be out for upto six weeks.

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“I think we’re looking at around four to six weeks for his return,” said Monk, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.

The one-time capped Switzerland international was restricted to just 29 appearances in all competitions for the Whites last term.

Berardi could be available though, after the Yorkshire club completed the signing of right-back Luke Ayling from Bristol City, and he made his debut in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Birmingham.

Berardi has two years left on his deal with the Championship club.

In other Leeds transfer news, this League One side have rejected a bid for a former Leeds player.