Leeds United 'in talks' for teenage Italian talent - report

The Italian press claim, Leeds United are in talks to bring Cagliari-owned defender Dario Del Fabro to Elland Road.

Massimo Cellino made a major splash on Thursday in sacking manager Dave Hockaday after just six games in charge, but continues to work on the transfer market.

The former Forest Green Rovers boss was relieved of his duties with three straight losses rounding out his brief reign at the helm of the Yorkshire club.

As Cellino’s impending choice of successor is eagerly awaited, however, the Italian appears keen to bring in further squad additions before the transfer window closes on Monday.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Leeds have already begun talks for centre-back Dario Del Fabro - a player Cellino knows well from his days at Cagliari.

The 19-year-old is a product of the Isolani academy, having joined the youth ranks of the Sardinian outfit six years ago after impressing with local side Torres 2000.

Del Fabro - an Italy U-19 international - has limited Serie A experience with six top flight appearances to his credit, making his professional debut in December 2012 against Juventus.

In late June the teenager was loaned to Pescara of Serie B to play regular first team football, but so far hasn’t succeeded in finding his feet with the Delfini.

The option to leave the Stadio Adriatico after less than two months has thus been mooted, with Leeds already opening negotiations to bring Del Fabro to Elland Road.

Such a deal would likely suit Cagliari, who will be keen to see the youngster get ample minutes out on loan this term and could terminate the existing agreement with Pescara.

Leeds have struggled defensively so far this season - shipping eight goals through four Championship matches - so are understandably keen to shore up the back line with Del Fabro whilst the transfer window is still open.

Interim boss Neil Redfearn could in turn be handed a much-needed reinforcement before deadline day should the deal go through - with Cellino yet to appoint a permanent replacement for the outgoing Hockaday.

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