Leeds look at powerful Catania forward as a possible McCormack replacement

Catania fans celebrating

Leeds United have cast their eye to Catania's powerful frontman Souleymane Doukara in light of McCormack's exit.

According to Yorkshire Evening Post sports writer Phil Hay, Leeds United have French-born striker Souleymane Doukara on their radar as they look to replace talismanic striker Ross McCormack after his £11million move to Fulham. 

Doukara scored six Serie B goals in 21 appearances last season for Juve Stabia, is a young French-born striker owned by Serie A side Catania.

The 22-year-old has a build is akin to former Leeds United favourite Tony Yeboah, is thought to be out-of-favour at Catania and could look to move to Yorkshire on a permanent deal. 

And according to Italian football site itasportpresswho also reported Leeds' interest in Doukara, the striker could be in the final stages of talks too: ''The [Leeds'] president Cellino sent sporting director Nicola Salerno [to see Catania regarding the Doukara deal] and the negotiation appears in the finishing straight with the outright sale to the English club.'' 

An unproven 22-year-old from the Italian lower divisions may not be the 'marquee' signing that Leeds fans want to replace last season's top goalscorer, but with possibly many more faces on the way he could offer very valuable competition. 

Matt Smith, who had an impressive debut Championship season, could be the man to replace McCormack in the long-term with regards to goals, but competition is vital to keep him on his toes.

Leeds already have the likes of Dominic Poleon, Noel Hunt and Steve Morison who will all be looking to hush the doubters and take advantage of McCormack's exit by earning a long-term place in the Leeds starting XI, but at the right price Cellino can afford to hedge his bets. 

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