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Leeds United set to sign new striker next week



Leeds United are set to sign Sassuolo striker Leonardo Pavoletti, initially on loan until the end of the season and then permanently at the end of the season, according to YEP journalist Phil Hay.

Leeds United look set to sign Pavoletti

Leeds United look set to sign Pavoletti

The 26-year-old striker was present at Leeds’ home match to Wigan Athletic on Boxing Day, which Neil Redfearn’s side went on to lose 2-0.

According to FLW sources, a deal for the forward should be tied up by next week when the January transfer window opens next Thursday.

Any move the striker would have to be in the form of a loan deal, as a result of the transfer embargo Leeds United were hit with by the Football League, due to breaching Financial Fairplay Rules.

The Italian striker spent last season on loan at Italian club Varese and he went on to amass 24 goals in 33 games for the club, and his impressive performances have certainly seen him attract interest.

Regarding the transfer, Leeds United sporting direct Nicola Salerno told Sky Sport Italia a few weeks ago: “I’ve liked this player for years and he has been considered by Leeds already in the past.

“I get along well with him and the president [Cellino] and I have a good relationship with Sassuolo. We could close a deal without any problems. It depends on the guy because I don’t know what he wants to do.

Leeds United sit perilously near the relegation zone in the Sky Bet Championship, and currently sit in 20th position in the division, having accumulated 24 points from 23 league games.