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Leeds linked Pavoletti scores first goal in 2015, ex-Spurs winger Falque hits eighth of season

Leonardo Pavoletti scored his first goal for Genoa since signing on loan in January.

Leonardo Pavoletti finally got his name on the scoresheet for Genoa, after signing for the club back in January.

The Italian striker was strongly linked to Championship side Leeds United beforehand, visiting Elland Road as a guest of the club in December, with the Yorkshire Evening Post describing him as a likely loan signing.

Interest from both parties appeared to fizzle out with high interest from Serie A sides, and Leeds switched their attentions to Edgar Cani instead.

Cani, signed from Serie B side Catania, is yet to score a goal for Leeds, playing only 49 minutes of football for them, while Pavoletti's decision to sign on loan with Genoa had until last night looked to be a similar failure.

He came off the bench for former West Ham United loanee Marco Boriello, with the striker injured in just the 16th minute, and scored his first goal for the Rossoblu to put them 2-0 up with 15 minutes of the match remaining, and that is how the scoreline stayed.

Pavoletti has - like Edgar Cani - not made a single start since his January move. This was his fourth substitute appearance for Genoa, and he made the most of getting 74 minutes of game time, throwing his name into the ring for a starting spot in their next fixture.

Scorer of Genoa's first goal was Iago Falque, signed permanently from Tottenham Hotspur last summer.

He followed up his goal at the weekend against Cagliari with another strike in the 2-0 win over strugglers Parma, and his tally now sits at eight goals for the season.

Genoa are now up to seventh in Serie A, ahead of both Inter Milan and AC Milan.

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