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Leeds United receive lifeline in bid to sign 31-goal striker target

Sassuolo striker Leonardo Pavoletti has been a summer target for Championship side Leeds United.

Leeds United have received a lifeline in their bid to sign Italian striker Leonardo Pavoletti after Serie A outfit Genoa couldn’t reach an agreement with parent club Sassuolo.

The Whites have been keen to bolster their striker ranks following the big-money exit of star player Ross McCormack to Championship rivals Fulham earlier this summer. 

Former Peterborough United striker Nicky Ajose and French-born forward Souleymane Doukara have joined the Elland Road club over the summer, but McCormack’s 29 goals last season is a tough ask to replace.

Owner Massimo Cellino therefore has been scouring his native Italy in order to find that key man upfront and sounded out Leonardo Pavoletti as the man for the job, their interest reported by Football Italia last month.

The 25-year-old has spent the past two years plying his trade in Serie B, where he netted 11 goals during Sassuolo’s promotion campaign before returning last season on loan with Varese, scoring 20 goals in 33 appearances.

His excellent form has attracted strong interest from Genoa, but according to Sky Sports Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, the Serie A outfit failed to reach an agreement with Sassuolo during their latest meeting.

“Genoa and Sassuolo did not reach an agreement for the transfer of Pavoletti. They met at dinner but could not find an understanding.” The report claims.

Genoa’s latest setback could be the lifeline needed for the Yorkshire club to up the ante and really outline their promotion ambitions this season with a firm offer.

The 6ft 1inch striker is reportedly rated at €2.2million by renowned website transfermarkt.com – a small price to pay for a top goalscorer and the potential returns of the Premier League riches.

If Leeds are to make their move, however, they will have to do it quickly as the Italian report goes on to suggest that that Pavoletti’s proposed move to Genoa is still a possibility.

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