Deals Leeds United could hope to conclude in early January

Leeds United are most likely to push for Leonardo Pavoletti, what else can fans expect?

Leeds United's poor form means the club cannot afford to leave their transfer business until deadline day.

They do not even have the luxury of signing players permanently, due to an embargo placed on them by the Football League, and can sign a maximum of four players on loan.

The club are positive this will give them the boost in terms of personnel they need, but making their moves early is essential in a congested mid-season marketplace.

Here's a look at what Leeds fans should prepare for...

Most likely

Leonardo Pavoletti is the most likely signing, with the club even flying him over from Italy to watch their Boxing Day defeat to Wigan.

The striker scored 24 goals in Serie B last season with Varese, but has struggled for first team football in Serie A with Sassuolo. There is competition for his signature from several Italian sides, but Leeds are clearly high in his consideration and sporting director Nicola Salerno is a confirmed admirer.

Signing him in time for the FA Cup clash at Sunderland may be too quick to pull off, but it's fair to expect the club could try to get him in before their next Championship game.

On the agenda

Inter Milan midfielder Rene Krhin has emerged as a possible signing over the past week. The Slovenian international is a 24-year-old defensive midfielder who would add much needed quality to the side.

Leeds do need experience of English football however, and simply signing players from Italy is no guarantee to work. Inter are reported to want to keep him until they line up a replacement.

Also expect

Head coach Neil Redfearn was adamant about the club's lack of options against Derby boiling down to having no wingers in the squad. It's almost a certainty the club will aim to identify and sign attacking wide players, potentially on loan from Premier League sides, to give them more creativity and unlock the potential of top goalscorer Mirco Antenucci and potential signing Leonardo Pavoletti.

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