Just over a week ago, the Irish Mirror ran with the story of Inter Milan starlet defender Ryan Nolan looking to leave the club seeking first-team football assurances.

They said that the youngster was “highly rated at Inter Milan” but that the player himself was “looking to secure a move that will guarantee first-team football.” The Mirror’s Cormac Byrne said that a “host of clubs” were interested in the Irish 20-year-old who signed for the Serie A giants in July 2015.

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Prior to that, the young Irish centre-back had been in Spain since the age of eight, featuring for E.F. Torre Pacheco before his Italian move. Premier League sides and continental sides were said interested with Byrne writing that “Leeds United are also keen.

The young defender was captain of Inter’s Under-19 squad last season, although he is now too old for their Primavera set-up. With that in mind, and with the pathway to the Inter first-team blocked by established international stars, it is thought that Nolan wants out and is willing to sacrifice prestige for promise in terms of first-team action.

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Now website Pundit Arena has run a story where they quote the ubiquitous ‘source close to the player’ as informing them that the wantaway defender “is set to leave the Italian giants this summer.” 20-year-old Limerick-born Nolan still has a year left on his current deal and would be available for a nominal fee from the Nerazzurri.

Leeds United are on the lookout for defensive options, especially at centre-back where options are currently a little sparse. However, it remains to be seen whether the Whites follow up this keenness that they are showing with a determined bid or effort to capture the rated Inter Milan youngster.

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