Serie A giants look to snap up Bellusci from under Leeds' nose

Sampdoria fans at Marassi Stadium

Serie A side Sampdoria are said to be in a tug of war with Leeds United for Catania defender Giuseppe Bellusci

According to Calcio News 24, Leeds United face very stiff competition to land highly-rated Italian defender Giuseppe Bellusci as Sampdoria - last season's 14th placed Serie A side - join the race for his signature. 

Three days ago, Sky Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio said the deal between Leeds United and the player had hit a temporary snag due to the 24-year-old's current injury and economic requests. However, Leeds were said to be keen on negotiating further with the player. 

Nevertheless, it seems the 'temporary snag' in the discussions may have opened the door up to the 1991 Serie A champions Sampdoria. 

The central defender has been consistent feature in the Catania side since his move to the club in 2009, however, their recent relegation to the second division has sparked speculation that Bellusci may look to favour a move away from the club.

In the 2012/2013 season, he became an important member of the side that finished with a club record 56 points in Serie A; a tally which put them two points above Inter Milan and just five points off Lazio in 7th.

He went on to make 20 top flight appearances for Catania last season, which took his total up to 99 league appearances for the club. However, failed to notch the 100-appearance milestone or steer them clear of relegation. 

Sampdoria's presence in the race for the defender is likely to cause concern for Cellino, however, he should be confident that a chance to play a part in a push for the Premier League and a change of scenery may be enough convince the player England is the place for him.

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