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Reported Leeds target Stefano Okaka said to favour a stay in Italy

A player linked with Leeds United allegedly prefers to remain in his homeland.

According to a report from Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, alleged Leeds United target Stefano Okaka favours a stay in Italy despite interest from French club Rennes.

A recent report from SampNews24 claimed Leeds were interested in signing the 25-year-old forward this summer, but it appears Renne made the first move, with Gazzetta dello Sport suggesting a €3million bid had been tabled.

Despite that, the report claims Okaka would prefer to remain in Italy, with a move to either Bologna or Torino.

Okaka currently plays for Sampdoria and was the latest in an increasingly long line of Italian-based players linked with Leeds in recent times.

He scored four goals and provided three assists last season, which is not exactly form to set the heart racing, and despite racking up an impressive list of clubs – seven to date – Okaka is yet to reach double figures in terms of goals for any of them.

Leeds were in need of additional fire-power this summer but having signed Lee Erwin from Motherwell it remains to be seen if Whites manager Uwe Rosler will further strengthen that area of his team.

For now there are a number of strikers on the books at Elland Road, including Billy Sharp, Steve Morison, Souleymane Doukara and Mirco Antenucci, but only time will tell how many of those are still at Leeds when the new Championship campaign kicks off.

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