Report: Cellino in London to talk to Football League

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There are reports in Italy that Sardinian entrepreneur Massimo Cellino is in London to try and cement Football League approval to buy Leeds United.

Massimo Cellino will land in London today for a meeting with the Football League to try and secure the go-ahead to complete the purchase of Leeds United, reports in Italy suggest.

The Miami-based businessman has owned hometown club Cagliari since 1992, but he looks set to sell up and take over Leeds instead.

There remains competition from the Together Leeds consortium led by Mike Farnan, who reportedly plan to submit a rival bid directly to the authorities in order to try and get Gulf Finance House to re-open talks.

Cellino however seems to be in pole position and his £25m purchase of Leeds is all but agreed, barring Football League intervention.

Cellino is a controversial figure and has been on the wrong side of the law in Italy more than once, however legal experts have stressed that his convictions are either quashed or spent.

Therefore, the Italian looks set to become the new owner of Leeds and according to Tuttomercatoweb he is in London today to speak to the Football League and try and secure approval.

The website reports that after today's meeting, should things go according to plan, Cellino will travel to Leeds tomorrow to try and complete the purchase of Elland Road.

It seems that within 24 hours, the long-running saga of Leeds' ownership could finally be over if these Italian reports are to be believed.

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