Italian sacking specialist on brink of buying Leeds

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Reports in Italy insist that Cagliari chief Massimo Cellino is on the brink of agreeing a deal to buy Leeds United.

Cagliari owner Massimo Cellino is reportedly set to buy Leeds United from GFH Capital, usurping Sport Capital who seemed to have completed a deal.

GFH Capital bought the club in December 2012 from Ken Bates but they recently announced that they would be selling all but a 10 percent stake in the club, which would remain with Bahrain-based Gulf Finance House - their parent company.

It had been announced that 75 percent would be sold to a consortium of British investors (Sport Capital) led by United managing director David Haigh.

However, it now seems that Sardinian entrepreneur Cellino has hijacked the deal and is set to take over the club.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport he could be just hours away from closing the deal and is awaiting a confirmation fax.

Several Italian media outlets have reported that Cellino has become frustrated by Cagliari's underperformance and he sees Leeds as a new, exciting challenge.

Cellino, who narrowly failed to buy West Ham when the club was sold to David Gold and David Sullivan, is currently the owner of hometown club Cagliari which he bought in 1992 from the Orru brothers.

An outspoken figure, Cellino divides opinion but is widely credited with modernising Cagliari and turning the club into a more professional outfit.

But Cellino is possibly best known for his explosive temper which has seen him sack 36 coaches in around 20 years at the club.

It remains to be seen how hands on Cellino is in the running of the club if he takes control but manager Brian McDermott could be forgiven for being a little apprehensive about the change of ownership.

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