Report: Cellino watches Barnsley, was scouting Mawson and Winnall for Leeds moves

Barnsley's Sam Winnall after the match

Massimo Cellino was reportedly watching two Barnsley players on Sunday.

Barnsley's Sam Winnall after the matchBarnsley's Sam Winnall after the match

According to the Yorkshire Post, Leeds United chairman Massimo Cellino was scouting Barnsley duo Alfie Mawson and Sam Winnall on Sunday afternoon.

The Whites chose to part company with Steve Evans on Tuesday, and Cellino is now looking for manager number seven of his time at Elland Road.

Leeds owner Massimo CellinoLeeds owner Massimo Cellino

However, the Italian has also been scouting possible new signings, with a trip to Wembley on Sunday afternoon handing him the chance to watch two targets.

The Yorkshire Post report that chairman Cellino headed down to London in order to watch Barnsley beat Millwall in the League One play-off final, with defender Alfie Mawson and striker Sam Winnall the subjects of Cellino's interest.

Walsall's Tom Bradshaw (L) in action with Barnsley's Alfie MawsonWalsall's Tom Bradshaw (L) in action with Barnsley's Alfie Mawson

Centre back Mawson, 22, had been on the books at Reading and Brentford, and after a series of loan spells, he moved on to Barnsley last summer.

With a host of impressive performances as Barnsley won promotion, Mawson has unsurprisingly attracted major interest, and with question marks over the future of Giuseppe Bellusci, Mawson could be an ideal solution to Leeds' defensive problems.

Barnsley's Sam Winnall celebrates  after winning the Sky Bet Football League One Play-Off FinalBarnsley's Sam Winnall celebrates after winning the Sky Bet Football League One Play-Off Final

Meanwhile, striker Winnall, 25, was a target for former boss Evans in January, and hit 24 goals this term to help Barnsley win promotion, whilst he also scored 13 goals in the 2014/15 season, becoming one of the most dangerous strikers in League One.

With Chris Wood needing support in the final third, Winnall fits the bill - but whether Barnsley would be willing to sell to a Yorkshire rival in the same division remains to be seen, and Cellino may yet look elsewhere once a new manager is appointed.

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