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Report: Middle Eastern consortium interested in buying Leeds United

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More speculation on the future of Leeds United.

A Middle Eastern consortium is interested in buying Leeds United from Massimo Cellino, reports Italian website Gazzetta World.

Cellino has not commented on his long term plans at Leeds for months, and it is unclear whether he wishes to sell.

The reports are tied into the links regarding potential manager Fabio Cannavaro, who had a recent spell coaching in Saudi Arabia.

The report reads: "However, should Cannavaro make the move to England then he might not end up working under countryman Massimo Cellino, with a Middle Eastern consortium interested in buying the club.

"The 42-year-old has previous links to the Middle East from his playing days with Al-Ahli in the United Arab Emirates — where he later worked as an assistant coach — as well as sitting on the bench of Saudi Arabian club Al-Nasr."

This is all just rumour at this stage, but it adds further intrigue to the Cannavaro rumours.

For now Cellino is sticking by head coach Steve Evans, with the Italian telling SkySports he intends to make a decision in the summer.

He said: "I'm a very sad man with the results this season but sometimes I'm not happy with my wife and I don't divorce her, so I'm certainly not looking to replace Steve Evans at the moment.

"I won't make any changes until the end of the season. Then I will look at how the whole season went and make a decision. I'm not considering replacements."

Cannavaro himself may have another option lined up, with GianlucadiMarzio.com claiming he is being lined up Fabio Capello to be his assistant if he takes over from Antonio Conte as Italy manager.

Cellino is Leeds' majority shareholder with Bahrain based group GFH still holding a minority share.

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