Leeds United director confident of closing Pavoletti transfer despite ban

Nicola Salerno is still hopeful of bringing Leonardo Pavoletti to Leeds United.

Leeds United are upbeat about the chance of signing Leonardo Pavoletti in January.

This is despite a transfer embargo placed on them by the Football League. Leeds are still permitted to sign players on loan and it is thought this is how they would acquire the Sassuolo forward.

Nicola Salerno, sporting director, told GianlucadiMarzio.com: "I've liked him for years, before I came to Leeds.

"He is liked by both me and the president (Massimo Cellino). With Sassuolo an agreement can be found easily. We have to understand what he wants to do."

Pavoletti scored 24 goals at Serie B side Varese last season and understandably wanted to try his luck in Serie A with Sassuolo, but has been an almost permanent fixture on the bench all season long.

The club are thought to be willing to agree to a loan, and it may come down between Leeds and Serie B side Cesena who are also interested.

While staying in Italy will be the easy option for him; comments from Mirco Antenucci and Giuseppe Bellusci about how much they are enjoying playing in England in front of crowds far larger than could be expected in Serie B, could help nudge Pavoletti in Leeds' favour.

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