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Gazzetta: Only FA approval stands between Cellino and Leeds

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Massimo Cellino is just waiting on the Football Association to give the all-clear to his purchase of Leeds United.

Cagliari owner Massimo Cellino could be within hours of officially taking over Leeds United as the Italian press insist he only needs FA approval.

Entrepreneur Cellino is expected to sell his hometown club Cagliari shortly to focus his attentions on Leeds.

The Miami-based Sardinian previously attempted to buy both Crystal Palace and West Ham but failed on both occasions to move into English football.

This time it looks like Cellino will succeed as La Gazzetta dello Sport insists he has agreed to pay around £40m in biennial payments and the deal is ready to proceed as soon as the FA allow it.

That should be a mere formality, but Cellino's track record indicates that there could be some problems with gaining that clearance.

Indeed Cellino had trouble with the FA when he mounted his attempt to buy West Ham in 2011 and he has had run-ins with the law in Italy.

Cellino was placed under house arrest last year when he was accused of embezzlement relating to Cagliari's attempts to move stadium.

He was released in May 2013 and claims that the charges were politically motivated.

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