Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino and finally spending big?

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Will Massimo Cellino finally loosen the purse strings at Leeds United this summer?

Leeds United are aiming for promotion next season, offering fans a season ticket which can be partially refunded if they do not make the play-offs.

The Yorkshire Evening Post report that owner Massimo Cellino had a recent conviction in Italy overturned, and the Football League's reasons to pursue a suspension against him are diminishing.

For months Cellino has had a potential ban hanging over him, and being able to rule this out would potentially be very good news for the club.

This would be because it would give him the confidence to spend money on the players required to strengthen the team, with investment at a bare minimum in January.

Increasingly free of sanctions against him, Cellino may feel more secure in spending, rather than being worried he could be banned from owning a club he has just poured money into.

There are key questions which will remain pressing...

Who will sign the players?

Leeds still lack a head of recruitment, and there is no decision made over their next head coach. Steve Evans' future remains in limbo pending a decision later this month, and the longer the delay goes on, the more time is wasted in attempting to sign players.

Can Leeds compete for the best required?

It is unlikely Leeds would suddenly emulate Burnley by spending £9 million on one player, Andre Grey, but the club still holds a pull which can tempt players, as seen by Chris Wood snubbing Wolves to sign with the Whites last summer. What it will depend on is Leeds being able to show stability, and players buying into the fact whoever starts the season as head coach will be given time.

How much does Cellino really have to invest?

This remains unknown and is an area fans have real doubts about, given his failure to yet buy back Elland Road despite promising to. Yet last season he stepped up to pay £3 million to seal a deal for Chris Wood, and money can be gained from cashing in on Giuseppe Bellusci should they find a buyer in Italy. The x-factor is potential investment from businessman Steve Parkin, who has just paid to sponsor the East Stand.

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