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Leeds eye Juventus outcast Luca Marrone, rekindle interest in Federico Viviani

With Inter stalling on a deal for Rene Krhin, Leeds could instead look to Luca Marrone or Federico Viviani.

After Leeds United sporting director Nicola Salerno confirmed that the club wanted to sign a midfielder, fans wondered who could be arriving at Elland Road in January.

The most recently linked player is Inter Milan's Slovenian international Rene Krhin, but the Serie A giants are reportedly delaying a deal until the middle of January - meaning Salerno and Leeds could look for alternatives.

Now, according to Tutto Mercato Web, Leeds have made Juventus midfielder Luca Marrone their top target as the club look to extend their Italian influx.

Marrone, 24, came through the ranks at Juventus having joined the Turin giants as an eight-year-old, but has been little more than a peripheral figure with Juve, primarily making his name through loan spells with Siena and Sassuolo.

With no appearances for Juventus this season, it seems that Marrone could be available in the January transfer window, and Leeds are reportedly ready to bring him to England - but negotiations are allegedly difficult, meaning Leeds have to look for another contingency plan.

TMW also add that Salerno is once again looking at former Roma youngster Federico Viviani, who the Whites tried to sign in the summer transfer window.

Viviani, 22, chose to join Serie B side Latina instead of a move to West Yorkshire, but is only on loan from Roma - giving Leeds renewed hope of signing him, according to TMW.

With three targets all playing in Italy, it's clear that Salerno has no qualms about continuing to sign players from his homeland, despite Leeds struggling so far this season.

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