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Leeds United updates on Ilicic deal and Benedicic expected return

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Leeds United still have a chance to sign Josip Ilicic according to an Italian journalist, despite the interest of AC Milan.

Despite firing Darko Milanic, could Leeds still have two Slovenians lining up for them in 2015?

One, Zan Benedicic, is already at the club but sidelined with injury, while another, Josip Ilicic, is linked with a loan move in from Fiorentina.

Italian journalist Emmanuele Giulianelli told Radio Yorkshire on Wednesday that he can foresee a deal coming off for the Serie A.

He said: "I think there are chances for Leeds to take him, but not before January.

"Fiorentina have problems wiht a lack of forwards so they need to keep him. Then after this I think they will try to sell him or loan him when they have more players ready to play."

AC Milan have also been linked with the playmaker in recent days, but it could come down to whether Ilicic wants a permanent or loan exit, with Leeds unlikely to be able to outbid the Serie A side.

Zan Benedicic is on loan from AC Milan, but has been sidelined with a knee injury nearly all season, making only two substitute appearances in August.

Giulanelli, who has contact with owner Massimo Cellino and several Leeds players, suggests that no comeback is imminent.

He said: "The expectation is he could come back by the end of the year but it would be very, very hard.

"It's more probable he would come back in the first months of 2015 because knee surgery is not easy to come back from. He will need time to get fit."

The Yorkshire Evening Post confirmed that Benedicic has undergone an operation in Belgium this week.

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