Edgar Cani discusses signing for Leeds United

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Edgar Cani signed for Leeds United on loan from Catania.

The Albanian international forward moved to Elland Road on loan until the end of the season, with an option to buy in the summer.

Having been used sparingly by his parent club in the Italian Serie B - Cani had started just six games this season - the transfer to Leeds offers the 25-year-old a good way to get his career back on track. He came on in the final five minutes of the Whites 1-0 defeat to Brentford at the weekend to make his debut, although he remained on the substitutes bench for the 2-0 victory over Reading.

With goals being a rare commodity for Leeds this term - they have just 32 in 30 games - it is expected that Cani will be given a number of opportunities to impress, and should he start his career in a rich vein of form, he could easily become one of the Whites top scorers - with Mirco Antenucci currently on eight.

Leeds beat off interest from Catania’s Serie B rivals Bari to secure Cani’s signature, as per TuttoCalcioCatania, and the forward has admitted to TMW that he was always going to choose Leeds when the opportunity to play in England came about.

The 14-capped international said: “As soon as the opportunity arose to play in England, I did not think for a moment.

“For a long time I wanted to do this kind of experience, in England. I was attracted by this possibility for some time.

“I was not playing a lot [for Catania], even though I played enough to prove my qualities. In the end, I wanted to make this choice to play for Leeds.”

With Leeds heading to Millwall on Saturday afternoon, head coach Neil Redfearn could be tempted to start the physical Cani to provide a big threat. However, the Albanian may have to miss out, with the XI started in the victory over Reading likely to keep their places after such a promising performance.

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