Leeds United have been handed a boost in the race to sign Leonardo Pavoletti.
The Sassuolo forward has been close to joining Leeds for much of the transfer window, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post, but a deal has not yet come to fruition.
Despite having an interest in the 26-year-old for much of the season, and the player himself keen to leave Sassuolo due to a lack of playing time in Serie A, there has been no confirmation from either club that a deal is close to being completed before the end of the January transfer window.
With the Whites stalling over a move, fellow Italian club Cagliari have made advances for the forward - as per TMW - and the same media outlet have referenced an interest from Chievo. Whilst the latter club have seemingly made no move for Pavoletti, Cagliari have opened negations with Sassuolo for the transfer of his services. The report suggests that a trade could occur, with Pavoletti heading to Cagliari in exchange for Samuel Longo, who is currently on loan in Sardinia from Internazionale.
Although these advances make a move to Leeds look unlikely, a recent report published by TMW has claimed that talks between Sassuolo and Cagliari have stalled, opening the door once again for a transfer to Elland Road.
However, with the transfer window steadily moving to an end, Leeds may focus their intentions upon Edgar Cani, with positive talks held between the Whites and Catania regarding a deal for the Albanian striker. Rather than hold out for Pavoletti and risk not signing any attacking reinforcements, the Yorkshire-based club are moving ahead with their second, and far more likely, option.