Leeds United sporting director Nicola Salerno wanted for return to Italy

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Leeds United sporting director Nicola Salerno is coveted by Palermo.

Leeds United sporting director Nicola Salerno has been linked with a return to Italy by website Tuttomercatoweb.

Salerno is seen as owner Massimo Cellino's right-hand man, and oversees player recruitment at the Championship side.

TMW report that Salerno is wanted by Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini to join him at the Serie A side.

It is explained that Zamparini is making ongoing attempts to persuade Salerno to do so, and is helped by the fact his wife and Salerno's wife have a long friendship and went to school together.

Intriguingly for Leeds United fans, the report states that while Palermo may not be Salerno's preferred option, a Leeds exit could be possible.

It reads: "He is is not tempted by the project Rosanero, even if he wants to leave Leeds at the end of the year."

Salerno's signings at Leeds have been mixed over the course of the current season. While Sol Bamba and Marco Silvestri have been big successes, the likes of Tommasso Bianchi and Edgar Cani have not.

There has been a level of frustration among fans that head coach Neil Redfearn is unable to sign his own players, due to the structure at the club, but officially there are no plans to uproot this.

Should Salerno elect to depart however it would throw all of this into doubt and even pose further questions over the future of owner Massimo Cellino.

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