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Agent claims Leeds missed out on signature of Alvaro Pereira

The agent of Uruguayan full back Alvaro Pereira has confirmed Leeds missed out on his signature.

The agent of Uruguayan international defender Alvaro Pereira has revealed that Leeds missed out on his signature this month.

Pereira, 29, made his name with Porto, impressing as an attack-minded left back, before completing a move to Inter Milan in 2012.

His time in Italy hasn't been quite successful, and having played just 33 Serie A games for Inter, he's recently been loaned out to Brazilian side Sao Paulo - and now it's Argentine team Estudiantes who have snapped up Pereira on loan.

However, Pereira's agent Alfredo Regueira told FCInterNews that Leeds United were among the teams interested in signing the Uruguayan, but the presence of ex-Manchester United midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron at Estudiantes swayed the deal. 

"Alvaro is really very happy to be joining Estudiantes," he said. "President Veron believes in Palito so much, that's why he agreed to take him on loan with a purchase option."

"Who else tried for him? There were many other clubs involved: Leeds, Dynamo Kyiv, Boca [Juniors], River [Plate] and Palmeiras," added Regueira.

Leeds recently sold their left back Stephen Warnock to Derby County, and have yet to land a replacement for the former England international.

Youngster Charlie Taylor looks like being Warnock's replacement right now, but considering the links to Italian football with sporting director Nicola Salerno, it's little surprise to see Leeds targeting another Serie A star in what would have been an ambitious move.

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