Leeds United turn to 19-goal Italian striker as possible McCormack replacement

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Leeds United have shown a strong interest in Italian striker Mirko Antenucci.

Following Massimo Cellino’s long drawn-out takeover of Leeds United, the club have been linked with a number of players plying their trade Italy.

The latest player to be linked with the Elland Road outfit comes in the shape of 29-year-old striker Mirko Antenucci, though likely as a Ross McCormack replacement rather than a potential strike partner.

The current Catania star has played for as many as nine clubs over his career, with the last side being Serie A side Ternana who acquired his services on loan for the 2013/14 season.

It was his time at Ternana where Antenucci posted his best season to date, notching 19 goals in 40 appearances for the club.

Since returning to Catania, the 5ft 10inch player’s future as been put in doubt following his parent club’s relegation from Serie A and Leeds United may be willing to profit.

According to respected Sky Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Leeds United have made Antenucci their new striker target and the Whites’ reputation as a prestigious club could help land the €1.4 million-rated star.

Whilst a new striker at Leeds would certainly be an exciting addition, one can only assume he would be seen as a replacement for Scottish international Ross McCormack.

The 27-year-old has been heavily linked with an exit from club as recent reports suggest that the Player of the Year has handed in a transfer request in a bid to push through a move to Championship rivals Fulham.

The Londoners have reportedly bid £7 million for the striker, a hefty sum big enough to significantly improve Leeds United’s first-team squad if owner Massimo Cellino can use his contacts in the Italian market wisely.

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