AZ continue Pelle hunt

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AZ Alkmaar target Graziano Pelle has reportedly refused to link up for pre-season training with his club Lecce.

AZ are keen to land the 22-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Cesena.

Pelle wants to move to Alkmaar, but as yet nothing has been agreed and other clubs including Fiorentina are now said to be showing an interest.

AZ will meet again with Lecce next week in a bid to finalise a deal.

Meanwhile, AZ defender Gijs Luirink has been sidelined for six months after suffering knee ligament damage.

Luirink has been resting for several weeks but now doctors have confirmed surgery is required on his left knee.

Two years ago Luirink suffered the same injury to his right knee.