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Leeds United fail in late enquiry for 24 goal striker

Leeds United reportedly failed in a late approach to sign Leonardo Pavoletti.

Leeds United were reportedly unsuccessful in a late attempt to sign Leonardo Pavoletti.

As the Championship side sold Matt Smith to Fulham, their attentions were briefly pointed in the direction of the prolific Italian striker.

Pavoletti, 25, plays for Serie A side Sassuolo but spent last season on loan in Serie B with Varese.

It was with Varese that he struck an impressive 24 goals, finishing as the second highest scorer in the division.

Italian transfer website Tuttomercatoweb reported at the close of the transfer deadline that Leeds United had contacted Sassuolo over a potential deal.

Their interest was put to the striker, who, they write: "The player, however, as learned by our editorial team, could not be convinced about the destination."

It was certainly late, from a logistical point of view to sign the striker, and it appears Leeds simply left it too late.

They were linked to Pavoletti earlier in the transfer window, and did not make any progress, or act upon that desire at the time.

With just three goals scored in the Championship this season in five games, Leeds certainly can't be described as prolific, preparing an earlier replacement when it appeared Smith was heading out of the club would have been a wise step to take. 

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