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Leeds January bid for international midfielder hits surprise delay, Italian club interested

Inter Milan are hanging on to Rene Krhin for now, despite interest from Leeds and Verona.

Leeds United sporting director Nicola Salerno recently confirmed that Leeds wanted to sign a central midfielder and a centre forward in the January transfer window.

The striker is almost certain to be Sassuolo hitman Leonardo Pavoletti after the Italian was at Elland Road on Boxing Day to watch Leeds take on Wigan Athletic, but the identity of the midfielder in question remains a mystery.

Reports in Italy in recent days have speculated that Leeds have set their sights on signing Inter Milan's Slovenian international Rene Krhin on loan, with the 24-year-old struggling for first team football so far this season.

With no Serie A starts to his name, Krhin is little more than an afterthought at the San Siro after returning from Bologna this summer, and a loan exit in January could be on the cards.

Yet according to Tutto Mercato Web, Inter are stalling on a deal. Krhin is currently away in Morocco with the rest of the Inter squad as they prepare for a friendly against Paris Saint-Germain during the winter break, and TMW suggest that Inter want to wait until the middle of January to sanction any deal for the midfielder.

The extended waiting time will no doubt be an irritant to Leeds, who will want to get their deals done as quickly as possible, whilst the delay could also allow other teams to gazump them.

Already, Inter's Serie A rivals Verona are believed to be interested in signing Krhin, but we heard the same thing with Pavoletti, as many Serie A clubs lined up for his signature - only for him to choose Leeds.

The Whites have to be hoping that Krhin follows suit in January if they truly do want to bring him to Elland Road, even if it would be later than initially planned.

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