What next for Leeds striker Steve Morison amid interest in Leonardo Pavoletti?

Leeds United's interest in Leonardo Pavoletti is bad news for Steve Morison.

Leeds failed in a bid to sign Sassuolo centre forward Leonardo Pavoletti this summer, but it appears that the Whites could finally land their man in January.

Sporting director Nicola Salerno not only admitted that Leeds will add another striker in January, but also confirmed that the club remain interested in signing Pavoletti.

The 26-year-old is more of a target man figure, and smashed 24 goals in 33 games for Varese last season as Leeds aim to replace the physicality of Matt Smith, who joined Fulham in September.

However, the reported interested in Pavoletti is bad news for current Leeds striker Steve Morison, who has barely featured under new boss Neil Redfearn.

Other than playing 69 minutes in Redfearn's first game against Cardiff City, Morison hasn't even played one minute of football for Leeds since Redfearn replaced Darko Milanic in November.

Morison scored just three goals after joining from Norwich in 2013, and spent the entirety of last season on loan at former club Millwall, and has failed to score this season - much to the ire of Leeds fans.

Ultimately, Pavoletti would be serving the same role as Morison; a game-changing target man figure who can win the ball in the air and cause problems with his physicality.

With Mirco Antenucci, Souleymane Doukara, Billy Sharp and Brian Montenegro already in the ranks, there doesn't appear to be much room for both Pavoletti and Morison, leaving the Welsh international to consider his options.

An exit already seemed almost inevitable given his lack of football lately, and the possible arrival of Pavoletti only makes that prospect even more likely - and few Leeds fans would miss the 31-year-old.

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