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Exclusive: Irish Defender Ryan Nolan’s Move To Leeds Falls Through

SESTO SAN GIOVANNI, ITALY - NOVEMBER 10: Ryan Nolan of FC Internazionale in action during the Serie A Primavera match between FC Internazionale U19 and FC Empoli U19 at Stadio Breda on November 10, 2018 in Sesto San Giovanni, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)

Irish defender Ryan Nolan’s proposed move to Championship club Leeds United has fallen through with a source close to the player confirming that a deal would not be happening.

Pundit Arena had exclusively revealed that Leeds were looking to finalise a deal for the Inter Milan defender but a potential move hit a snag as the transfer window shut at five o’clock on Thursday.

The central defender has spent the last four years at Italian giants Inter Milan which included captaining their U19s, however, as Pundit Arena reported last month, the Nerazzurri have been listening to offers for Nolan with the player open to a move.

Sources close to Nolan previously told Pundit Arena that a move to England would be the priority with the likes of Leeds United, Brighton and Leicester all interested.

Reports in Italy claim that Nolan had agreed on a three-year deal with the club. However, negotiations fell through when Leeds outlined that they would be sending the 20-year old on loan to SPL side Kilmarnock, although this is yet to be confirmed.

Leeds were also said to have been bringing Nolan’s Inter teammate Facundo Colidio to the club however neither player made their way to Elland Road during this transfer window.

It was thought that move to England will also help Nolan’s chances of being involved in the Irish setup as despite making an appearance for the U18s and being on the standby list for the U21s squad in March, the 20-year old has yet to really showcase his talents for the Boys in Green.

Nolan was born in Ireland but is eligible to play for Spain also, having moved there at the age of eight, however, he told Pundit Arena back in January that he is committed to playing for the Boys in Green.

“Ireland is the focus for me right now. I’m 100% Irish. Even my accent is more Irish than most!

“I 100% want to play for Ireland. I want to put on the green jersey definitely.”

About Oisin McQueirns

Oisin McQueirns is a digital journalist at Pundit Arena. Massive fan of Leeds United, Ric Flair and Trusting The Process. Contact him here oisin@punditarena.com