According to Live Sicilia, Leeds United are in ‘pole position’ to land long-term target Leonardo Pavoletti despite fresh interest from Palermo as they look to replace Kyle Lafferty after his move to Norwich.
The report states: ‘’Leonardo Pavoletti, the hottest property being pursued by the Palermo leadership. The striker, who has returned to Sassuolo after an excellent stint at Varese, would willingly accept a transfer to Palermo, basically to fill the slot freed by the sale of Kyle Lafferty, sold to Norwich.
‘’Ceravolo is also having to work intensely on this deal because of the strong interest from teams in Germany and England, with Leeds, under Cellino and Nicola Salerno, in pole position.’’
The 25-year-old Italian, who played just three times last season for his parent club, is expected leave this summer on a permanent deal after failing to make an impact for the Serie A side.
Whilst at Varese last season the Italian striker made a huge impact in Serie B and netted an impressive 20 goals in 33 games despite the loan club finishing in 18th position and in the relegation play-off. In fact, the impressive goal tally left him on paper as the third best striker in the division, behind Matteo Mancosu and Francesco Tavano.
If Leeds United do sign Pavoletti, despite his failings thus far in the top flight, he should be considered a good signing and a coup considering the teams that are in for him. Nevertheless, it is likely the 25-year-old striker’s movements will be under the microscope in Italy until he makes a decision over his future.