Leeds United linked with two young Italians, including Roma player

Leeds United

Massimo Cellino is reportedly pondering moves for Italian youngsters Federico Viviani and Armando Izzo.

According to Italian news source TuttomercatoWEB, Leeds United president Massimo Cellino is considering young Italian duo Federico Viviani and Armando Izzo as he looks to build a side capable of promotion. 

Italian under-21 central midfielder Federico Viviani is an extremely exciting talent and has played in some of youth football's biggest competitions with Italy over the past few years. However, at the age of 22, it may be time for the Roma player to plan for a future away from the Italian capital, despite an impressive year in Serie B with Latina. 

He scored five goals and recorded two assists in 23 league appearances for the club, but failed to claim anything notable in the Serie B play-off matches as Latina supporters suffered play-off heartbreak. 

Armando Izzo - a graduate of the Napoli academy - is a 22-year-old centre back currently contracted to Serie B size Avellino. 

The 22-year-old was ever-present in an impressive Avellino defence last season and played in 30 out of a possible 42 league games for the mid-table side that conceded just 45 league goals. And, in comparison with Leeds' 67 conceded league goals last season, shows the Italian may just be what is needed to help turn their leaky defence into a resolute one in preparation for next season's promotion push. 

Both players join a long list of touted names from the Italian divisions with regards to a potential move to Elland Road this summer. And with Nicola Salerno expected to be confirmed soon and head coach David Hockaday already in place, Cellino could look to step up player acquisitions with a little over a month before the season kicks off. 

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