Leeds takeover set to be completed very soon

Massimo Cellino loves Yorkshire. Photo: PA

Controversial Italian Massimo Cellino has agreed a deal to buy a 75 per cent stake in Leeds.

Eleonora Sport, a company owned by the Cellino family, has purchased the stake subject to Football League approval.

Cellino's relationship with Leeds has already been a stormy one, with representatives of the Italian having dismissed manager Brian McDermott before the club reinstated him.

His credentials will be examined by the Football League's 'owners and directors test' before the deal, which was confirmed on the Leeds website, can be fully ratified.

The 57-year-old agricultural entrepreneur has twice been convicted of fraud and is awaiting trial for allegations of embezzlement - a charge he denies.