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Report: Leeds’ Ibraimi interest ends

The latest reports in Italy state that Leeds United have given up on trying to sign Macedonian international midfielder Agim Ibraimi.

Leeds United aren't going to pursue Agim Ibraimi any further, according to reports in the Italian media this afternoon.

The 26-year-old, who currently plays for Slovenian side Maribor, was said to be on Leeds' radar over the last few weeks and a January approach looked to be on the cards.

Ibraimi spent last season on loan at Massimo Cellino's former club Cagliari, so links between the player and Leeds' owner made a deal seem more likely.

However, Italian website TMW insists today that Leeds no longer regard Ibraimi as a target, citing leaks from within the club as stating that they have moved on.

Whether Leeds have been told to back off by the player's agent or his club, or if another club are willing to pay more remains unclear.

Although Ibraimi is only valued at around £1 million, Maribor are in this season's Champions League and the player's value could easily rise during high profile games. He may also be holding out in the hope of drawing a bid from a top-flight side.

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