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Blow for Leeds United transfer plans as agent confirms Birkir Bjarnason wants Serie A switch

The Icelandic international is currently with Serie B side Pescara.

Leeds United were linked with a move for Icelandic international Birkir Bjarnason this month. The report from Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio's official website claimed that Leeds were interested in the Pescara midfielder - who has scored 12 goals for the club this season and has helped them to a crucial Serie B promotion play-off with Bologna.

As far are Leeds are concerned Bjarnason would be a very good signing. Uwe Rosler knows him from their time together at Norwegian club Viking FK, so it would also appear to be he who is driving the deal, not Massimo Cellino.

Bjarnason is a free agent at the end of this month so he would also prove a cheap option.

However, speaking after his side Pescara failed to make it to Serie A, the agent brokering his Italian dealings has told Tutto Mercato Web that Bjarnason aims to be playing in Serie A next term.

"His future? After a year in which he dropped down a league compared to last season, has shown his qualities and he is ready to return to Serie A.

"There have been contacts with Empoli and Palermo and beyond."

Stefano Salvini states that Empoli and Palermo have both been in touch, seemingly pouring cold water on the links to Leeds United.

Bjarnason, who has 37 caps for Iceland, seems set to continue his career in Italy, which is certainly a blow for Leeds' transfer plans.

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