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Report: Palermo latest club to show interest in former Leeds target Federico Viviani

A player who was tipped to move to Leeds United last summer is again attracting interest but this time closer to home.

According to a report from Italian website TuttoMercatoWeb, a player strongly linked with Leeds United last summer is now said to be attracting interest from Palermo.

AS Roma midfielder Federico Viviani was tipped to become one of many Italians at Elland Road this season, only for his move to fall through late on.

In comments published by Sky Sports at the time, Leeds owner Massimo Cellino said, “He is a good player, a talented player, but I cannot sign someone like that.

“All last week it was demands about this, demands about that, asking for more and more so eventually I said ‘enough’.”

In the end Viviani headed back on loan to Latina, where he has played 28 matches this season, scoring seven goals and providing four assists in the process.

But now TMW claim Palermo are the latest club to show an interest in the 23-year-old midfielder, who again looks set to go out on loan next season.

Having only ever played nine matches for his parent-club Roma, it remains to be seen if he will ever get the chance to star for them on a regular basis or if his string of loan moves will ultimately lead to a permanent departure.

But while Leeds turned their back on a potential deal to bring him to England, it seems his talent is such that there are other suitors closer to home.

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