Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino confirmed the arrivals of goalkeeper Marco Silvestri and midfielder Tommaso Bianchi this afternoon and expects to make further additions imminently.
Cellino told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “It is done and they are signed. We have other players coming.”
The paper also report that Silvestri has signed a four-year contract at Leeds, while Bianchi has agreed a three-year deal with the option of a further 12 months.
The arrival of the former, who was previously on the books at Serie A side Chievo and ended 2013-14 on loan at Cellino’s former club Cagliari, would appear to hasten the Elland Road exit of Paddy Kenny, who has been left out of United’s pre-season tour of Italy and is out of contract in 2015.
Bianchi, on the other hand, ends a three-year stint at Sassuolo, having spent part of last season on loan at Serie B outfit Modena.
Leeds have now made three signings this summer – former Reading ‘keeper Stuart Taylor moved to the Yorkshire club last week, as reported by Football League World – and capturing the Italian duo is their second significant transfer activity so far today after club captain Ross McCormack was sold to Fulham.