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Failed Luis Muriel to Sampdoria deal could impact Leeds United regarding Leonardo Pavoletti

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The deal to take the Colombian to Sampdoria has fallen through because of issues regarding a medical.

Leeds United target Leonardo Pavoletti was confirmed as a potential option for Italian side Udinese this week. 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 the Yorkshire Post reported Leeds' sporting director Nicola Salerno as telling 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 and would love to add Pavoletti, but with Udinese in the hunt it looked like they were facing an uphill battle.

But they would have been boosted by the news coming out of Sampdoria yesterday regarding their bid for a Udinese player.

Yesterday Sky Sports reported that the exit of Udinese striker Luis Muriel, who Pavoletti was being eyed as a replacement for, has been abandoned.

They reported that a deal for him to join Sampdoria for €15 million collapsed after a failed medical and problems over the agreed fee, with Udinese confirming the deal was off.

With Muriel now set to stay at Udinese their need for Pavoletti is certainly less strong than it was previously, Which can only be a good thing for Leeds United.

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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