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Leeds said to remain keen on 19-goal-striker despite Billy Sharp arrival

Leeds United are still trying to do a deal for Mirko Antenucci, despite completing a deal for Billy Sharp earlier today.

Mirko Antenucci remains on Leeds United’s wishlist, despite the club completing the signing of Billy Sharp today.

The Whites completed a deal for Sharp, from Southampton, earlier this afternoon, but they are still on the hunt for more additions and Leeds owner, Massimo Cellino, has identified Antenucci as someone who could enhance the squad.

The 30-year-old striker, who currently plays for Ternana in Serie B, managed to score 19 times in 40 appearances last season alerting the Championship’s sides attention to him.

According to reports, the only stumbling block between the two sides is what type of transfer will be made.

Leeds want to sign Antenucci on a season-long-loan, but Ternana are refusing to allow him to leave on a temporary basis – as they want to cash-in on him and get rid of him permanently.

It means that the clubs are at a stalemate and unless a compromise is met no deal will be done for a player who has been on Leeds’s wishlist for some time now.

The club were first linked with him at the start of last month, but things went quiet in the deal.

Instead, David Hockaday’s men turned to Peterborough United striker, Nicky Ajose, and brought him in for a fee thought to be around £150,000.

However, the side’s opening day defeat to Millwall, where they lost 2-0, set alarm bells ringing in Cellino’s head and he stated after the match that he was to go back into the transfer market to bring in six players.

Three of the potential additions are already known – with Liam Cooper and Giuseppe Bellusci set to join Sharp at Elland Road today.

And, with these fresh reports, it seems that Antenucci could be the fourth player on the outspoken Italian’s list of signings.

If he was to sign it would be quite a coup for Leeds, with the striker boasting a number of appearances in Serie A during his career so far.

He would join an attacking group at the Yorkshire club which is looking pretty packed and give Hockaday even more goalscoring options as he looks to relieve some of the pressure on him.

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