Leeds 'certainly not' in discussions over signing Felipe Avenatti, says Ternana sporting director

Leeds have been linked with a move to sign Uruguayan striker Felipe Avenatti.

Ternana sporting director Vittorio Cozzella has denied that Leeds are interested in signing striker Felipe Avenatti, as reported by Tutto Mercato Web.

The Whites appointed Uwe Rosler as their new manager last month, and the German made his first signing by landing American goalkeeper Charlie Horton from Cardiff City earlier today.

Leeds need to bring in more players this summer, with strikers certainly required after Mirco Antenucci finished the season as the club's top scorer with just ten goals.

Given president Massimo Cellino's links with Italian football, it would be little surprise to see Leeds bring in more players from Italy - and links are already being made to one Serie B striker.

TuttoB had reported that striker Felipe Avenatti - Antenucci's former strike partner at Ternana - was close to an exit, with Leeds at the front of the queue for his signature.

The 22-year-old, formerly of River Plate in Uruguay, has scored ten goals in 51 games for Ternana, which may not be the finest of records for the 6ft 5in Uruguayan hitman, but he was highly rated in his homeland.

However, Ternana sporting director Cozzella says that Leeds are 'certainly not' in discussions to sign Avenatti, though meetings have taken place with other clubs.

"It's the first time I've heard of it, I don't know anything of Leeds [being interested]," said Cozzella. "So far we have only had meetings, but certainly not with Leeds," he added.

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