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Report: Leeds Hoping To Sign Inter Milan's Irish Defender Ryan Nolan

Report: Leeds Hoping To Sign Inter Milan's Irish Defender Ryan Nolan

Leeds United are interested in signing Inter Milan defender Ryan Nolan according to reports in Italy.

Marcelo Bielsa's side are looking to bring in some reinforcements before the deadline to but new players in the Football League, with the window closing on August 9th. The defence is their main area of concern, as they are fairly short on bodies in that area as things stand.

Nicolo Schira of Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport has reported that Leeds are in negotiations with Inter over the signing of two players, one of which is the 20-year old Clare native.

Nolan lived in Shannon, County Clare until he was eight-years old, at which time his family relocated to Spain. It was here that his talents would be spotted by Inter scout Pierluigi Casiragh, who convinced the player to uproot and move to Italy.

He moved to the club on his 16th birthday, and has been at the club since 2015.

He has captained Inter's U19 side, and has also appeared in friendly games for the first team. He was named on the bench for a couple of Europa League games last season.

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Nolan was not included in any of Stephen Kenny's U21 squads up to this point, but one suspects a move to English football would make him more difficult to ignore.

He is well thought of in Italy, but the big Italian clubs are a notoriously difficult place for youngsters to break through.

If Leeds do manage to get a deal done, they will have a fantastic prospect on their hands.

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Gary Connaughton

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