Reported Leeds summer target Felipe Avenatti was forced to train on his own; could January move be possible?

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The 22-year-old returned to Ternana's first-team last weekend, but perhaps may already be thinking about leaving in January.

Reported Leeds summer target Felipe Avenatti's time at Serie B side Ternana may well be coming to an end in January, after the Yorkshire Post reported that the 22-year-old was temporarily banished from the first-team to train on his own last week.

The Uruguayan forward was brought off during the first-half of Ternana's 1-0 defeat to Ascoli last Tuesday, and it seems that it was his performance, rather than a tactical reshuffle, that prompted the change, as it was apparently followed by his removal from first-team training. 

Despite the humiliation of being substituted before the break, it must be noted that Avenatti started and scored during Ternana's next game, which was a 4-0 hammering of Como.

Although he has since returned to the side, if the rumours are correct that Avenatti was forced to trained on his own, then the striker may well be looking for a way out in January.

The Yorkshire Post report that it is his agent that claimed that the Championship side were monitoring his progress, but with Massimo Cellino having already signed Mirco Antenucci from the same club in 2014, it is possible that Avenatti was on Leeds' radar, and thus, they may well be alerted by the recent events. 

Avenatti had handed in a transfer request in the summer, which he later withdrew (via Yorkshire Post), but having been brutally discarded in both a match, and then in training, he may decide that the upcoming window is the chance to end his apparent Ternana turmoil.

At 6ft 5in, Avenatti would provide some extra height that would allow United to go more direct should the situation require it. 

While Evans has Chris Wood, Souleymane Doukara, and Lee Erwin, as well as Antenucci at his disposal, the goalless draw at Charlton - where the Whites carved out enough chances to take all three points - may result in Evans suggesting to Cellino that a new striker should feature somewhere on his January shopping list.

Whether however, Avenatti would be able to bolster the ranks sufficiently remains to be seen

 

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