Report: Torino make bid for Leeds United target Birkir Bjarnason

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Torino have made a move for Pescara's Birkir Bjarnason, said to be a Leeds United target.

Leeds United face an increasingly uphill task to sign Pescara midfielder Birkir Bjarnason.

Italian website Tuttomercatoweb report that Serie A side Torino have made an approach and submitted an offer for Bjarnason's services.

Transfer guru Gianluca di Marzio had reported earlier this month that Championship club Leeds hold an interest in the Icelandic international.

Bjarnason used to play for Leeds head coach Uwe Rosler at Norwegian side Viking, earlier in his career.

He was outstanding last season for Pescara, scoring 10 goals from central midfield as the Serie B side came close to earning promotion.

Competition from Torino may however be hard for Leeds to beat off, but now is clearly the time to act and make their pitch, if they retain interest.

Torino finished ninth in Serie A last season, above giants AC Milan, their second top 10 finish in a row.

Bjarnason has played in Italian football since 2012, and it is likely to take a strong pitch from Rosler to convince him to snub a crack at the country's top flight.

Empoli and Palermo are also said by Tuttomercatoweb to be competing for his signature, adding to the likelihood he will remain in Italy.

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