Leeds-linked midfielder set for surprise reunion, deal could be finalised this week

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Cagliari midfielder Sebastian Eriksson - a reported target for Leeds - could be set to sign for IFK Goteborg.

Massimo Cellino's contacts in Italy certainly helped Leeds United bring in players over the summer, with a total of eight players being snapped up from Serie A or Serie B.

Some of those have been successful; Marco Silvestri, Tommaso Bianchi, Mirco Antenucci and Souleymane Doukara, but some haven't quite made an impact yet, such as Gaetano Berardi, Dario Del Fabro and Zan Benedicic.

Regardless, speculation continues to link Leeds with moves to sign players from Italy, with Fiorentina playmaker Josip Ilicic the most recent mooted target.

However, over the summer, Leeds actually missed out on a player from Cellino's former club Cagliari - midfielder Sebastian Eriksson.

The Swedish international has barely featured for the Serie A club since signing from IFK Goteborg back in 2012, and only a knee injury prevented Leeds from pushing to bring him to Elland Road, according to the well-informed Yorkshire Evening Post.

Last weekend, Eriksson made it clear that he wanted to leave Cagliari in January, but it doesn't look like he will be completing that move to Leeds after his former club Goteborg confirmed talks are underway to bring him back to Sweden.

"I have had many contacts with Cagliari in recent days and we are on the same wavelength," said Goteborg sporting director Mats Gren. "There are still some details to be discussed, but I believe and hope that we can find an agreement already this week."

Leeds boss Neil Redfearn may be looking for a new central midfielder in January with David Norris and Luke Murphy surplus to requirements, but Eriksson won't be on their shopping list if Goteborg can tie up that deal in the coming days.

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