Leeds likely to sign Sampdoria defender today

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The Italian press believe that Leeds United will close out a deal for Sampdoria right-back Gaetano Berardi before the weekend.

Leeds United are on the verge of adding another Italian-based player to their squad in Sampdoria defender Gaetano Berardi.

Since the arrival of new owner Massimo Cellino and his transfer guru Nicola Salerno, Leeds have been very active in snapping up players plying their trade in Italy.

The latest target is Switzerland international right-back Berardi, who has been with Sampdoria since 2012. He only has one full cap to his name but he represented his country 20 times at Under-21 level.

Reports in Italy suggest that the two clubs have been involved in advanced negotiations and could come to an agreement by the end of the day.

It is believed that Berardi will be a permanent signing rather than a loan and will put pen to paper on a two-year deal with the option to add an extra year.

Berardi started his career in Swiss side Lugano's youth team before moving to Brescia in 2005 where he made just over 100 appearances.

The 25-year-old has significant Serie A experience since making his top-flight debut in September 2010 but he only played five times for Sampdoria last season.

Berardi appears keen to find a fresh start at a club where could command a regular starting spot and Leeds could be a sensible option.

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