Leeds United: Antenucci set to join Whites in next 24 hours

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Mirco Antenucci should become a Leeds United player in the next 24 hours, according to the striker’s representatives.

Antenucci is scheduled to fly to England tomorrow morning and put the finishing touches to his transfer from Ternana, his agents have told the YEP.

The 30-year-old forward has been strongly linked with United for the past week and his camp are confident that a permanent move to Leeds is on the verge of completion.

Antenucci, who is co-owned by Ternana and Serie A club Catania, has had a long career in the Italian leagues and captained Ternana in Serie B last season but he is set to become the latest Italy-based player to switch to Elland Road.

A representative of Antenucci’s claimed the forward “will sign tomorrow”, describing the transfer as “almost done”.

United’s tally of new players has already run into double figures this summer but owner Massimo Cellino appears intent on securing further signings before the FIFA window closes a week on Monday.

The 58-year-old is in talks with Flamengo over a possible deal for Adryan, a 20-year-old Brazilian midfielder who is currently on loan at Cagliari.

Adryan joined Cagliari on an 18-month contract last season - a transfer arranged while Cellino owned the Sardinian club - and Cagliari are believed to have an option to sign him permanently for a fee of around £5m.

But Leeds are speaking with Flamengo, Cagliari and Adryan’s agent in an effort to secure an agreement which sees him recalled by Flamengo and then transferred to Elland Road.

Cellino has described negotiations for Adryan as “difficult” but told the YEP that the Brazil Under-20 international was a “natural number 10.”