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Report: Leeds target Edgar Cani close to Bari transfer

Catania are close to agreeing a deal with Bari for the transfer of Leeds-linked striker Edgar Cani.

The Albanian forward has been a target of the Whites for much of the transfer window, with the Yorkshire Post reporting the interest earlier this month.

The 25-year-old has been capped 15 times for his country, and is currently turning out for Catania in the Italian Serie B. He has three goals in 14 games this term, having been moved to the first-team squad after a couple of successful loan spells away from the club last year.

Staying in Serie B, he spent time with Carpi and FC Bari, and the latter club are reportedly close to signing their former loan star on a permanent deal, according to a report in Italy.

TuttoCalcioCatania have claimed that Catania were unwilling to let Cani leave until they had a replacement lined up, and Bari - who are very keen on signing the Albanian - have offered their own striker Francesco Caputo as a makeweight in the deal.

Despite Leeds having a long-term interest in the forward, there have been no advances made in the last few days, and with the transfer window closing soon, Catania will likely prefer to do business with the club offering them a like-for-like replacement for the attacking positions.

What does this mean for Leeds?

Having targeted two Italian-based forwards this month, in Cani and Sassuolo’s Leonardo Pavoletti, the Whites are now looking likely to end the transfer window having signed neither of their preferred targets. Although Sol Bamba and Granddi N’Goyi have arrived from Palermo, there is still a lack of attacking force in the Leeds ranks, and they may have to make a late rush to secure a striker’s services if they want any chance of remaining in the Championship.

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