Leeds United remain under a transfer embargo from the Football League, but that hasn’t stopped Massimo Cellino from working towards new signings.
The new owner of the Yorkshire club is reportedly pushing to have the embargo lifted by early next week, simultaneously laying the groundwork for transfer market dealings.
And as Cellino’s acquisition of the Elland Road outfit has brought about links with a bevy of Italy-based players, it seems Leeds are honing in on a pair plying their trade in the peninsula.
A report from Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio reads: “Leeds president Cellino is shopping in Italy - he’s looking to create a mix of youngsters and veterans.
“Leeds are close to completing two purchases: Hellas Verona’s striker Daniele Cacia and Cagliari’s young goalkeeper Marco Silvestri.”
Cacia is coming off a goal-less season in Serie A in which he was limited to just three starts, sitting behind prolific veteran Luca Toni in the pecking order at Verona.
However, the 30-year-old is a proven commodity in the second division - he fired the Mastini to promotion in the 2012-13 campaign as top scorer in Serie B with 24 strikes.
Meanwhile, 23-year-old Silvestri made his Serie A debut in April whilst on loan at Cellino’s former club Cagliari, with his playing rights owned by fellow minnows Chievo.
The Italian seemingly thinks highly of the former Azzurri U-20 international - surprisingly linked with Tottenham last March - and is looking to retain his services at Elland Road.
Leeds will be hoping the embargo can be ironed out by the opening of the transfer window on Tuesday, in an effort to avoid any delays in securing targets.
Should the ban be lifted by the Football League, it seems a distinct possibility that Cacia and Silvestri could be the first additions of the Cellino era, based on Di Marzio’s report.