Alleged Leeds target Stefano Okaka's contract demands reportedly making Italy switch unlikely

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Could a player recently linked with Leeds United be heading to England after all?

According to a report from AlfredoPedulla.com alleged Leeds United target Stefano Okaka’s requests have been deemed excessive by the Italian clubs interested in signing him, suggesting a move to England could be back on the table.

A recent report from SampNews24 claimed Leeds were interested in signing the 25-year-old Sampdoria forward. But it later seemed the striker would instead remain in Italy with both Bologna and Turin tracking the player.

However, Pedulla claims the player’s demands have caused an issue in the negotiations, with the striker ‘difficult to be satisfied’ with what is on offer in his homeland.

As a result it is being suggested that a move to France or especially England could be an option for a player who has one cap and one goal for the Italian national side.

Sadly for Leeds fans it is now Swansea City and Crystal Palace who are said to be heading the queue for his signature, but considering the player’s relatively poor goal-scoring record it remains to be seen if a Premier League club will take the plunge.

Leeds themselves could do with another, more experienced striker, especially if they lose the likes of Billy Sharp this summer. But if Okaka’s wage demands are proving a stumbling block, it is unlikely Massimo Cellino will bend where others have allegedly refused to.

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