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Leeds United linked striker Okaka was compared to Drogba, is a deal realistic?

Do Leeds United really stand a chance of signing Stefan Okaka?

Leeds United were this week named as surprise suitors for Sampdoria striker Stefano Okaka, by newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.

Okaka would be an excellent signing for the Championship side, but would he be willing to take a step down from playing top flight football?

He played a key role in helping Sampdoria finish in an impressive seventh place in Serie A last season, above both Milan clubs.

His performances won him rave reviews, with Italian website Tuttomercatoweb last year comparing his athleticism and power to Chelsea legend Didier Drogba.

Such a comparison may make Okaka blush, and be a little of an exaggeration, but so really are the suggestions he will be playing at Elland Road next season.

His individually impressive 2014/15 campaign earned him a call-up to Italy's national team, in place of Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, and he scored the winning goal on his debut in November against Albania.

The 25-year-old's goal return for Sampdoria was less noteworthy, netting four times in Serie A last season, with two assists, but remained a favourite of manager Sinisa Mihaijlovic, who has just left for AC Milan.

Gazzetta dello Sport reported Premier League Southampton are interested in his services, with his prospects of a transfer enhanced by the fact he has just one year remaining on his contract, and even described the possibility of him signing for Leeds as 'unlikely'.

Italian website Sportmediaset reported late last year that both Inter Milan and AC Milan were interested in his services, and despite his form trailing off at the end of the season, Okaka should be expected to be playing top flight football next season - which will count Leeds out.

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