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Leeds United Keen On Sealing Deal For Irish Defender Ryan Nolan

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)

Leeds United are keen on completing a deal for Irish underage international Ryan Nolan ahead of the end of the transfer window next week.

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.

A report from Gazzetta dello Sport’s Nicolo Schira outlined on Friday that Marcelo Bielsa’s side were in talks with Inter to finalise a deal for Nolan, and Pundit Arena understands that Leeds are very keen to get the move completed.

The Whites sold central defender Pontus Jansson earlier in the summer and Nolan could come in as another option in a position Leeds currently find themselves relatively light in.

Nolan’s ability as a ball-playing centre-half could also help him fit into Bielsa’s system which is thought to be a revolutionary 3-3-1-3 formation ahead of the start of the new campaign.

A 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.”

The report from Nicolo Schira also outlines that Leeds are looking to bring Nolan’s teammate, 20-year old striker Facundo Colidio to the club also as they look for additional options up top following the imminent sale of Kemar Roofe to Anderlecht.

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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