Could Leeds finally land long-term transfer target by offering Milanic reunion?

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Leeds were linked with a move to sign Macedonian playmaker Agim Ibraimi from Maribor this summer, but could Darko Milanic finally help them land him?

Leeds United's time under new owner Massimo Cellino has been predictably eventful. The controversial Italian, who had a history of sacking managers during his time at Cagliari, did just that at Leeds, sacking Dave Hockaday after the former Forest Green Rovers boss had been in charge for just 70 days.

Many fans and onlookers alike expected Cellino to play it safer with his second appointment after his first hire was an unmitigated disaster, but he went with another risky choice. Sturm Graz boss Darko Milanic hadn't achieved much success in Austria, but did fare well in his native Slovenia with Maribor.

The Milanic era has started with two draws and one defeat, with the 46-year-old clearly still learning about his new players ahead of the January transfer window - where he will surely look to bring in some of his own players.

One of those potential targets could be midfielder Agim Ibraimi - who was a target for Leeds in the summer. The Macedonian international, 26, spent last season on loan at Cellino's former club Cagliari, but after the Italian's departure, Cagliari chose not to extend his deal with the club - leading to strong rumours of a potential move with Cellino to Elland Road.

No deal materialised under Hockaday, but the arrival of Milanic as the club's new manager could rekindle the interest. During his time with Maribor, Ibraimi was a key part of the midfield, scoring 21 goals in 73 games in two seasons under Milanic. With a devastating left foot, Ibraimi - the Macedonian player of the year in 2013 - is a threat to score from long range and from free kicks, and his ability to play out wide or as a No. 10 would be perfect for Leeds; particularly with Milanic seemingly reluctant to use Adryan just yet.

With big links to both Cellino and Milanic - the key decision makers at Leeds - and a good fit in a position of need for the club, Ibraimi should be back on their radar in the New Year.

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