Report: Leeds United transfer solution Pavoletti does not see club as first choice

Leeds United may miss out on Leonardo Pavoletti.

The sporting director of Serie A side Sassuolo has spoken to Italian website TMW, presenting an update with potential implications for Leeds United.

Nereo Bonato was asked for Bari section TuttoBari about the future of striker Leonardo Pavoletti, and responded that his desire was to remain in Italy's top flight.

He said: "We have not yet made ​​a final decision on his behalf. We are in mid-January, and there is time. It is true that Pavoletti is a player who is liked, but a basic obstacle for Bari could be represented by the will of the player to remain still in Serie A. For the moment, however, we wait."

Bari are in Serie B, and Pavoletti apparently has no desire to drop down a division, despite scoring 24 goals on loan there for Varese last season.

This year he has barely featured back at Sassuolo, scoring once in eight substitute appearances.

There has been interest from Serie A sides, with Udinese the latest club linked over the weekend, TMW reported. 

Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzio reported in late December that Pavoletti had travelled to England to watch Leeds as a guest of the club. At that stage the Championship side appeared in pole position to sign the striker on loan.

Links to Leeds have however gone quiet since the transfer window opens, and the offers Pavoletti has to stay in Italy at least will give him pause for thought as to his future.

Now his sporting director says he wants to stay in Serie A, and that could prove to be what ultimately prevents Leeds from pulling off a deal.

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