Leeds United ready to announce striker signing, Cellino-related delay, claims Italian journalist

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Leeds United have an agreement to sign a striker, but are waiting on Massimo Cellino's appeal, claims an Italian journalist.

Leeds United have an agreement in place to sign a striker, Italian journalist Emanuelle Giulianelli has told Radio Yorkshire.

He did not name the potential new addition, but said the club were waiting to learn what would happen with regard to Massimo Cellino's Football League appeal before progressing.

He told the radio station: "They have a striker. They are waiting to announce this striker, they are waiting for what will happen in the appeal of Massimo Cellino.

Giulianelli went onto add: "I repeat, Leeds United have a name they know will be the next striker but they are waiting to announce him, and will announce him very soon I think."

Cellino had an appeal heard against his ban by the Football League this afternoon, having been disqualified last month owing to a previous conviction for tax evasion in Italy.

The outcome could take three weeks to be announced however, potentially tipping past the transfer deadline, so Leeds may have to base their decisions on the loan depending on how they feel it went.

Cellino had told the Yorkshire Evening Post this week that it was the opposite way around, and players were waiting on his situation to be resolved before committing.

Giulanelli did not confirm whether the potential new boy was a player previously linked to the club, but sounded doubtful it was Leonardo Pavoletti, more so that it could be Edgar Cani.

"Pavoletti is getting more time at Sassuolo. He's playing very well. From what I know Leeds United likes very much Edgar Cani, the Albanian striker from Catania. he has a lot of experience.

Cani, 25, has been less than prolific this season scoring three goals in 14 games in Serie B.

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