Cellino may make international goalkeeper first Leeds signing

Leeds United

The Italian press are certain Cagliari owner Massimo Cellino has bought Leeds United and will aim to bring in a world-class goalkeeper as his first act.

The Italian media have no doubt that Massimo Cellino is the new owner of Leeds United and are tipping him to begin his reign by bringing in one of two international goalkeepers.

Cellino is currently in charge of hometown club Cagliari but there have been reports that he has become frustrated by the way the Sardinians are performing.

The fiery entrepreneur, who lives in Miami, attempted to buy West Ham before David Gold and David Sullivan took over, but he now seems to have entered the world of English football.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport and the Corriere dello Sport, Cellino has bought a 75 percent share in Leeds and the news will be made official later today.

And respected Italian transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio believes Cellino is in London to tie up the paperwork and already looking to bring in some new faces at Elland Road.

On his blog, Di Marzio claims that Cellino's first priority is a goalkeeper and that Queens Park Rangers' Julio Cesar and Arsenal back-up Emiliano Viviano are the most likely targets.

Former Inter No 1 Cesar is still chasing a place in Brazil's World Cup squad despite being QPR's third choice.

The talented shot stopper admitted he was excited by the possibility of joining Cagliari when Cellino declared his interest in him, but now his destination may be Yorkshire instead.

Italian international Viviano is a reserve at Arsenal and may welcome the chance to play regular first-team football.

Cellino will know the giant 28-year-old's abilities having seen him play in Italy for various clubs including Fiorentina and Brescia.

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