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Report: Leeds to miss out on Pavoletti as he reportedly accepts move to Chievo

The long running saga relating to Leonardo Pavoletti's future appears to be coming to a close.

The long running saga relating to Leonardo Pavoletti's future is coming to a close, report Italian website Tuttomercatoweb.

The striker was flown into Leeds in December, reported GianlucadiMarzio.com, to view the facilities and watch their game to Wigan, a 2-0 loss.

His future has been a hot topic of debate since, but it has looked increasingly in recent weeks like he will remain in Italy.

Now the latest TMW report states he has accepted a loan move to Chievo, with Sassuolo set to bring in Slovenian forward Dejan Lazarevic in exchange.

What does this mean for Leeds?

Naturally barring any last minute change of heart, this would end Leeds' chances of signing the forward, keeping their options open-ended.

Leeds have made two signings so far this transfer window, and are permitted to make four as per condition of their transfer embargo, but have to be on loan deals.

The player most frequently linked over the past fortnight is Catania forward Edgar Cani, who does not have an especially prolific goalscoring record.

Leeds could look to bring him in, or Neil Redfearn may decide to renew his push to re-sign Luciano Becchio from Norwich.

SkySports reported this month that Leeds wanted Cani, with Massimo Cellino preferring him to Becchio.

The alternative is sticking with his current options, which include Steve Morison, Billy Sharp, Mirco Antenucci and Souleymane Doukara, with Brian Montenegro in reserve.

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