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Report: Second time lucky? Leeds eye Pavoletti again after failed summer bid

Reports in Italy suggest that Leeds have resurrected their interest in Sassuolo striker Leonardo Pavoletti.

Leeds United snapped up eight players from Italian football this summer, with Massimo Cellino's influence showing at Elland Road - but it could have been nine.

After the sale of striker Matt Smith to Fulham on deadline day, it was reported that Leeds failed in a bid to sign Sassuolo centre forward Leonardo Pavoletti.

The 26-year-old spent last season on loan at Varese, and his superb record of 24 goals in 33 games alerted Leeds to his services late in the summer transfer window.

However, Sassuolo were therefore intent on keeping him, rejecting bids from not only Leeds but also Cesena and Palermo.

Yet now, Pavoletti has yet to even start a Serie A game for Sassuolo this season, playing just 118 minutes in seven substitute appearances - meaning Leeds could resurrect their interest in January.

According to Tutto Mercato Web, Leeds will look to snap up Pavoletti in the New Year, but will pressure him to make a quick decision in a bid to replenish their front line.

Pavoletti may be shorter than the aforementioned Smith, but he's known in Italy for his strength and aerial ability, meaning he'd be a good complementary striker to Mirco Antenucci and Souleymane Doukara.

The possible signature of Pavoletti will raise question marks over the futures of Billy Sharp and Steve Morison, who would be pushed down the pecking order if Pavoletti does finally arrive next month.

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