Antenucci nears Leeds switch, Italian press publish alleged terms

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Leeds United are closing on Ternana striker Mirco Antenucci with Italian press reports suggesting a lower fee than expected.

Mirco Antenucci has an impressive strike rate in Italian football and he may get a chance to test his scoring prowess in the Championship for Leeds.

Leeds have been lining up the 30-year-old for some time and now it seems that negotiations are close to completion.

Antenucci scored 19 goals in 40 games in Serie B last season, finishing as fifth top scorer and guiding Ternana to safety, prompting the Umbrian side to buy out the remaining 50 percent of his rights from Catania for an undisclosed fee.

According to the latest reports in Italy, Leeds will be required to pay Ternana around £640,000 with the possibility of bonus payments and will offer the marksman a three-year deal.

That sum is considerably less than the £1.2 million that had been previously suggested in the press.

Leeds had initially seemed to want a loan move rather than a permanent purchase, but the current valuation appears to be a decent bargain.

Antenucci will face some competition for a place with Billy Sharp making an impressive start to life at Leeds, but the Italian striker will see this as a great opportunity to play for a more prestigious club.

It is being reported in Italy that a deal could be closed before the weekend, allowing Antenucci to watch Leeds in action at Watford. 

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