Sampdoria reject Julio Cesar, does that open Leeds door?

Julio Cesar Brazil

Sampdoria have definitively ruled out a move for Julio Cesar, according to Italian press reports, which could push the Queens Park Rangers man to Leeds.

Brazilian international goalkeeper Julio Cesar has suffered a severe downturn in fortunes of late and is said to be desperate for a way out of Queens Park Rangers.

Between 2005 and 2012, Cesar won five Serie A titles, three Italian Cups and the Champions League at Inter.

Since moving to QPR in August 2012, things have gone downhill fast for the 34-year-old, who is currently struggling to even get on the bench for Harry Redknapp's side.

Leeds United were strongly tipped by the Italian media to make a swoop for Cesar if Sardinian entrepreneur Massimo Cellino completes a takeover of the club.

But it was reported that Cesar's first choice would be to return to Italy and Sampdoria were the club most likely to sign him.

However, Sportmediaset reports that Sampdoria were offered Cesar by QPR and have definitively ruled out any move, opting to put their confidence in Angelo Da Costa.

This could leave Leeds free to move in for the experienced 'keeper should Cellino manage to tie up the paperwork to buy the club. 

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