Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino says he is planning on signing “five or six” new players at the Yorkshire club in this transfer window.
The Elland Road outfit have already signed goalkeepers Marco Silvestri and Stuart Taylor, midfielder Tommaso Bianchi and forward Souleymane Doukara, and Cellino confirmed they have made a bid for Sampdoria’s Berardi.
Cellino told the YEP: “Berardi I haven’t signed yet but I hope to. He’s a good guy.
“I’m offering less money than Sampdoria, he’s playing in Serie A and played 150 times in Serie A, and he’s a national team player but he’s wants to come.
“The agent of Berardi is a good friend of mine. He (Berardi) said he wanted to go to Cellino in England. I said ‘how much do you want?’ and offered less. If you’re good, you’ll get a bonus. You have to show me that you want to come here, not for money.
“When you sign players, you can always raise the wage. You can never lower the wage. So if you trust yourself then trust me. I’m not going to take advantage.”
“We’ve got more than 50 games next season and we need players, good players. We were missing that last season.”