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Red Bull deny rumours that they are about to buy Leeds United

Massimo Cellino President and Director of Leeds United
Image: Massimo Cellino: Leeds United owner

Energy drinks giant Red Bull have denied rumours that they are set to buy Sky Bet Championship team Leeds United.

Media reports claimed the Austrian firm had made a £60m bid for the Yorkshire club, with talks said to be "at an advanced stage".

However, Red Bull's head of global football Oliver Mintzlaff has dismissed the reports, saying: "Another involvement in football is not currently planned." 

Red Bull already hold a football portfolio with stakes in American MLS side New York Red Bulls, German second-division outfit RB Leipzig and current Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg.

Leeds' controversial Italian owner Massimo Cellino, who is currently serving a Football League ban, told the Yorkshire Evening Post on Friday that Red Bull had made an undisclosed bid to Eleonora Sport, which owns a 97 per cent stake in the Championship club.

Cellino said: "There is an offer. I didn't know about it, but I spoke just now with Giampaolo Caboni, one of the directors of Eleonora Sport.

"He said Red Bull has made an offer for the club. The shareholders will have to think about it. I don't know what they will do."

Hollywood actor Russell Crowe, who is a Leeds supporter, has also been linked with a move to buy the Elland Road outfit and was backed by fans group Leeds Fans LLP, but to date he has not made an official approach.

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