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Udinese sporting director confirms interest in Leeds linked striker Leonardo Pavoletti

The Sassuolo striker has been linked with a move to Leeds this month.

Leeds United target Leonardo Pavoletti has been confirmed as a potential option for Italian side Udinese. Udinese's sporting director Cristiano Giaretta has told Mondo Udinese that both Pavoletti and Sampdoria forward Gonzalo Bergessio are on the radar for the club:

"Pavoletti and Bergessio? The Argentine is someone we monitored last summer and also Pavoletti can do the job.

"We will see in the coming days, although attackers who can switch teams during the winter market are never many in number"

In December Leeds' sporting director Nicola Salerno confirmed to Sky Sport Italia that despite a transfer embargo to the club Leeds would be making moves in the January transfer window, with Sassuolo striker Pavoletti near the top of his list of targets:

"I've liked this player for years and he has been considered by Leeds already in the past.

"I get along well with him and the president [Cellino] and I have a good relationship with Sassuolo. We could close a deal without any problems. It depends on the guy because I don't know what he wants to do."

Leeds already have plenty of Italians in their ranks, with Mirco Antenucci, Giuseppe Beluscci and Marco Silvestri all at Elland Road already.

But with the apparent interest of a Serie A side Leeds will certainly have a hard task convincing Pavoletti to reject them in favour of a move to the Championship.

Pavoletti, who spent the majority of last season with Serie B side Varese, has struggled for first-team football with Sassuolo this season - playing just 126 minutes in the league.

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