Serie A striker tipped to make Leeds United move

Leonardo Pavoletti has been linked with a move to Leeds United, having visited the club’s training ground recently.

The 26-year-old was linked with a switch to Massimo Cellino’s side back in the summer, but he decided to remain at Sassuolo and fight for his first team place. However, Pavoletti has cut a frustrating figure this season, having scored just one goal in eight Serie A matches, although it must be noted that every one of these have come from the substitute bench and totals only 144 minutes.

Last season, the 6ft 2in frontman enjoyed an impressive campaign whilst on loan at Varese, scoring 24 goals in 33 appearances despite the team finishing 18th in Serie B. A lack of opportunity to show what he is capable of in the top division is sure to be a disappointment to the player, who is now being linked with a move to Elland Road when the transfer window reopens.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Pavoletti was shown around the Leeds training ground on Friday, and was in the stands as the Whites lost 2-1 to Wigan Athletic on Boxing Day. It is likely that Neil Redfearn would welcome additions to his squad for the second-half of the season, especially as this latest defeat now leaves his side just four points above the Championship relegation zone.

Should Pavoletti make the move to the Yorkshire club, he could be snapped up for a cut-price fee as his contract expires in the summer. He would also be made to feel at home by the number of compatriots at the club: Marco Silvestre, Giuseppe Bellusci, Tommaso Bianchi, and Mirco Antenucci have all featured heavily this season, whilst Dario Del Fabro is also on the books.

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