Rumours of Leeds United’s interest in Sassuolo forward Leonardo Pavoletti go on as the club continue to explore loopholes in the Football League’s rules, which will allow them to sign players in January.
Leeds have been placed under a transfer embargo but the club have been very open about their search for new players in January, which could boost them over the second half of the season.
Manager Neil Redfearn has confirmed that he’s happy to let club officials go after Pavoletti if they feel he’s a worthy addition at the club, having backed Nicola Salerno for the players he’s brought in so far.
If there is real interest from Leeds in Pavoletti then it’s a case of now or never.
Sassuolo gave a good indication of how they currently judge the player via their team selection against Cesena last weekend.
The forward started the game from the subs bench and rather than being brought on to try and make the difference at 0-0 part way through the second-half, he was left on the bench.
That suggests that in terms of first team options for the Serie A side, he’s down the pecking order at the moment.
However, Italian source TMW has claimed that they're toying with the idea of a new contract and Leeds can pray on the situation, pointing out that he's likely to feature more for them in a high quality and very competitive Championship.
In short, the timing is perfect if Leeds want to come in and take an unhappy player off the books of a club.
If reports of the interest from Leeds are accurate, it’s a tribute to the quality and potential that Pavoletti possesses and they’re unlikely to be alone.
Leeds should be wary of another Italian team moving for him quickly because that represents the opportunity for him to stay in his home country.
Leeds do have a strong core of Italian players, which would help any other Italian to settle in effectively, but that’s not a reason for a Serie A based player to jump into a move.
Pavoletti may find that not having to move key members of his friends and family is more appealing and important to him on a personal level.
Redfearn has suggested that new signings would be popular and productive for his squad in January if the club can pull it off, it’s now over to club officials to try and get a deal done.