Leeds 'express interest' in signing giant international target man in January

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Leeds United are reportedly interested in Livorno striker Andrey Galabinov.

The arrival of owner Massimo Cellino and sporting director Nicola Salerno at Leeds have prompted a number of signings from Italian football - and it doesn't seem like that trend it set to end any time soon.

Recent speculation has linked Leeds with a host of players from Serie A and Serie B; Juventus midfielder Luca Marrone, Inter's Rene Krhin and Latina's Federico Viviani, as well as strikers Leonardo Pavoletti (Sassuolo) and Samuel Di Carmine (Juve Stabia).

Now, reports from Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post suggest that Leeds are now eyeing a move for Livorno striker Andrey Galabinov.

The 26-year-old has six caps for Bulgaria, scoring twice, but it's in Italian football where he's enjoyed the most success of late.

After hitting 14 goals in 25 games with Gubbio in the 2012-13 season, Galabinov went on to score 16 goals in 43 games for Avellino last season.

Now back with Livorno after four years away on loan, Galabinov has continued his fine scoring record, with six goals in 13 games for the Serie B outfit, which has prompted interest from Leeds.

Yet what may attract Leeds to him most is his style of play. Galabinov stands at 6ft 4in, and is known in Italy for being a strong, physical striker with great aerial ability.

That's something Leeds don't currently have in their striking repetoire given that they sold Matt Smith to Fulham back in September, and manager Neil Redfearn may well need a gamechanging target man to help turn Leeds around following a tough run of form.

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