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Report: Leeds United still keen on Italian talent Massimo Cellino pulled plug on last summer, but Lazio favourites

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Federico Viviani has been impressing on loan with Latina this season.

Leeds United are reportedly still keen on signing Roma midfielder Federico Viviani, but will have competition from Palermo, Werder Bremen and, in particular, Lazio.

Calcio Mercato report that all four clubs are interested in the player and also quote his agent, who admits a link to Lazio is flattering and that he could make the move, despite playing for Rome rivals Roma:

"I've never been called, but I am not surprised to be approached to a club like this.

"He would not be the first to pass by the Giallorossi to Biancocelesti, history teaches us."

In the summer Leeds United were chasing plenty of Italian players.

Viviani however was one they missed out on. He came extremely close to signing for Championship side in the summer.

It was reported by the Daily Mail at the end of July that Leeds were ready to 'seal the deal' for the player.

But at the beginning of August Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino confirmed to Sky Sports that the move was off, citing his demands as the reason behind the collapse of a deal:

"He (Viviani) is not coming. 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’."

It has since proved to be a real missed opportunity for Leeds. Viviani has been in terrific form for Latina in Serie B. In a campaign which caught the eye of Italian national coach Antonio Conte back in February, he has scored eight goals for the club in 33 appearances and now teams are looking to snap him up.

It will now be interesting to see if Leeds do make a concrete move for the player again this summer, or if his future lies in Rome.

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