Report: Former Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese interested in Leeds United takeover

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The Italian businessman was a controversial boss at Southampton.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has admitted this week that the club might be sold. The Italian has grown weary of the troubles at Elland Road and is set to relieve himself of the responsibilities as Leeds supremo.

It has now been reported that another controversial Italian could be taking over at the club. It is reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post that former Southampton Executive Chairman Nicola Cortese is interested in leading a takeover of the Yorkshire club.

Cortese helped Markus Liebherr buy the cash-strapped Southampton back in July 2009 and took over as the chairman of The Saints when Liebherr passed away.

He had a controversial relationship with club legend Matt Le Tissier and controversially sacked Alan Pardew and Nigel Adkins.

However he proved to be a good chairman at the club, leading Southampton up the Football League to the Premier League.

He left Southampton in January 2014 after falling out with club owner Katharina Liebherr.

Now it is reported that Leeds could be the subject of a takeover move from the man, who is currently based in the UK.

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