Friday, 7th February, 2014

Leeds United will have to wait a little longer for the takeover of the club to be completed after the Football League said it cannot progress Massimo Cellino's bid as all the relevant detail has not been submitted.

The Cagliari owner, who tried to sack manager Brian McDermott before completing his takeover, has agreed to buy 75% of the shares in the club from current owners GFH Capital.

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Cellino, a controversial figure who has owned Cagliari for over 20 years, is hoping to push through his takeover but needs Football League approval.

And that is something which will not come just yet, with the Football League saying in a statement carried by the BBC: "At its meeting on Thursday, the board of directors of The Football League were appraised of the current situation regarding the ownership of Leeds United.


"The board were informed that the League is yet to receive all of the information it has requested from the relevant parties.

"The matter cannot be progressed further until the required information is forthcoming."

In another twist, it has emerged that a player signed without McDermott's consent and while he was under the impression he had been sacked, Andrea Tabanelli, was not registered before the transfer window closed; the midfielder had joined from Cagliari on loan.

"Separately, Leeds United have been informed that the Football League has refused the registration of Andrea Tabanelli as the transfer did not comply with League regulations", the Football League said.

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