Leonardo Pavoletti visited Leeds at Elland Road, but move he opted for instead is not working

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Leeds United missed out on Leonardo Pavoletti, but it's not working out at Genoa so far either for him.

Leeds United were a club spurned by Italian striker Leonardo Pavoletti during the mid-season transfer window.

The White showed they were serious about trying to sign him, flying him over to Elland Road to watch a Championship game at home to Wigan in late December, and give him a tour of the club's facilities, as reported GianlucadiMarzio.com.

Having scored 24 goals on loan in Serie B last season - Mirco Antenucci netted 19 - Pavoletti interested Leeds even last summer, as reported Tuttomercatoweb at the time.

He stayed at Serie A side Sassuolo, but did not start a single game in the first half of the season, scoring once as a substitute, and was made available for loan.

The trip to Leeds did not prove enough to convince him to swap Italy for England, and in the end he secured a switch to remain in Serie A, moving on loan to Genoa.

Yet two months on, Pavoletti remains in the same situation as he was in at Sassuolo, and the season is looking like a washout for him.

The 26-year-old has been picked for just three of possible seven Serie A games since his arrival, all as a substitute, with the longest he has played in any of them being 20 minutes against Chievo earlier this month , and he has scored no goals for them.

Genoa are 10th in the Serie A table, ahead of his parent side Sassuolo in 14th, and the task of getting into their team seems even steeper.

In many ways you can't criticise Pavoletti for wanting to give it a shot in Italy's top flight, as the race for his signature suggested he was wanted for more opportunities than he is currently getting. 

At the time at the turn of the year Leeds were going through their own off field issues, while in recent weeks they have kicked on. 

They signed Edgar Cani from Serie B side Catania instead, who has failed to make any kind of impact.

Pavoletti will be unlikely to sign in Genoa this summer permanently if he can't get regular football there now, and his future in Sassuolo is similarly doubtful, considered expendable to be loaned out two seasons in a row.

There remains therefore the possibility that Leeds could yet seek to sign the striker next season, and make it third time lucky.

 

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