Agent confirms Leeds-linked Josip Ilicic will hold transfer talks in January

Slovenian international Josip Ilicic has been linked with a move away from Fiorentina, with Leeds United interested.

The 26-year-old midfielder has struggled to make an impact for the Viola since his transfer from Palermo in the summer of 2013, making just 32 appearances in Serie A.

With only five starts to his name this term, it has been widely rumoured that Ilicic - who has 26 caps for his nation - will be leaving the club this season, and a move in the January transfer window has been expected. Championship side Leeds United are one of the clubs said to be interested in his services, with the FFP transfer embargoed club keen on a loan move as they look to strengthen their side ahead of a tough second half to the season.

Valued at a reported £7.5m, the Fiorentina man has also been drawing interest from Premier League side Aston Villa, and it would be considered a real coup should the Whites secure his signature in the second division, but rumours have suggested that Ilicic would reject any proposal faced to stay with the Viola. It all but seemed as if any potential move was off, but the 26-year-old’s agent has denied such claims, admitting that Ilicic has yet to hold talks with any club about a potential switch - and will be doing so at the turn of the year.

“I read that Josip would reject any proposal,” Amir Ruznic said. “The player has not refused any team because we have not yet spoken with Fiorentina or various suitors, we will do it after the New Year.

“It is unfair to write these falsehoods about Ilicic.”

Runic’s words will give faith to Leeds owner Massimo Cellino that Ilicic could soon be on his way to Elland Road, and a signing of his stature could become the key turning point in the Whites faltering season.

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