One time Leeds United target, who Massimo Cellino pulled the plug on, makes move to Hellas Verona

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The Italian youngster Federico Viviani has left Roma but remains in Serie A.

Leeds United were reportedly still keen on signing Roma midfielder Federico Viviani this summer. Calcio Mercato reported last month that Leeds were still interested in the player.

Last summer Leeds were chasing plenty of Italian players and Viviani was one they missed out on. Although, he did come extremely close. It was reported by the Daily Mail at the end of July that Leeds were ready to 'seal the deal' for the player.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino pulled the plug on the deal, confirming to Sky Sports that the move was off in August:

"He (Viviani) is not coming. He is a good player, a talented player, but I cannot sign someone like that.

"All last week it was demands about this, demands about that, asking for more and more so eventually I said ‘enough’."

It has since proved to be a real missed opportunity for Leeds. Viviani had an excellent season for Latina in Serie B. He has scored eight goals for the club in 33 appearances during his loan spell.

Now however any hope Leeds had of signing him have been extinguished. He has officially joined Hellas Verona, after a deal to join Palermo fell apart yesterday.

Leeds fans will likely not be too bothered. Despite Viviani’s obvious quality he seemed an unrealistic target and the centre of midfield is an area they are well stocked, particularly with their own young talents emerging.

But they will surely keep tabs on his progress at Verona and see where he goes in his promising career.

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