Quick links

Premier League

Everything Leeds fans need to know about reported striker target Edgar Cani

Leeds United are reportedly interested in Catania striker Edgar Cani.

With speculation linking Leeds with moves to sign Sassuolo striker Leonardo Pavoletti and Norwich City's Luciano Becchio - formerly of Leeds - it seems clear that the Whites want to sign a striker during this month's transfer window.

The likes of Mirco Antenucci, Souleymane Doukara and Billy Sharp have played fairly well this season, but after the departure of the gigantic Matt Smith to Fulham in September, Leeds have lacked a really effective target man; especially with Steve Morison offering very little.

Other links to players like Andrey Galabinov (Livorno), it seems obvious that a big, physical striker is on Neil Redfearn's transfer wishlist this month.

Therefore, it's little surprise to see that Leeds have been linked with another huge striker, with the Yorkshire Evening Post reporting Catania's Edgar Cani could be on the radar.

Cani is far from a household name in English football, so what do Leeds fans need to know about their potential arrival? Here are five facts to help...

1. Cani, 25, is a 6ft 4in target man who, whilst being Albanian, has spent the majority of his career playing in Italy having been born in Perugia.

2. During his time in Italy, Cani has been something of a journeyman, playing for Pescara, Palermo, Ascoli, Padova, Piacenza, Modena, Bari, Carpi and now Catania.

3. Whilst he's enjoyed limited success in Italy, Cani had a productive 18 months in Poland with Polonia Warszawa, scoring 13 goals in 34 games.

4. However, his time with the club was marred by a number of spats and rows with the club's owner, coach and even team mates, and having refused to play for the club again, he headed back to Italy with Catania, where he is now.

5. At international level, Cani has 15 caps for Albania, and has scored four goals. As a youngster, he was able to represent Italy, but chose to play for Albania.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch