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Leeds United target and Southampton 'signing' thrashed 7-0

Leeds United summer target Leonardo Pavoletti and former Southampton loanee Saphir Taider were substitutes as Sassuolo were thrashed by Inter Milan.

Italian striker Leonardo Pavoletti turned down a deadline day switch to Leeds United, preferring to fight for a place at Serie A side Sassuolo.

He had been loaned to Serie B's Varese last season, scoring 24 goals, also attracting the interest of Cesena.

His first Serie A game since making the decision to stay did not pan out at all well, however.

Pavoletti was benched for the game with Inter Milan, a contest which was anything but. Alongside him was Saphir Taider, who signed on loan with Southampton this summer from Inter, only to leave after three weeks insisting he wanted to return to Italy for personal reasons, signing with Sassuolo instead.

Inter raced into a 4-0 lead by half-time, with Saints loanee Pablo Osvaldo hitting the fourth.

Taider came on a half-time, and when Pavoletti was called off the bench midway through the second half for Italian international Simone Zaza, Sassuolo had conceded a fifth - and they went onto lose 7-0, with Osvaldo scoring another.

Pavoletti managed just 15 touches of the ball in 25 minutes on the pitch, hitting only one shot, which finished off target.

Taider was more involved, featuring for 45 minutes and doing his utmost to score a consolation, attempting five shots on goal, with only one testing the goalkeeper. Meanwhile his former side Southampton ran out 4-0 winners this weekend against Newcastle.

Neither player will expect to experience a worse day this season than the heavy defeat, but if they have a few more similar, both Pavoletti and Taider could live to regret the decisions they made this summer.

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