Nicola Salerno sends message on Twitter to Leonardo Pavoletti

Elland Road

Pavoletti was a Leeds United target when Nicola Salerno worked there.

Leeds United will be ruing another failed transfer given the current form of Leonardo Pavoletti.

The 27-year-old was a target for the Whites in January 2015, having also failed to sign him over the summer of 2014. The Yorkshire Evening Post report that he was given a tour of Elland Road, and looked to be closing in on his signing.

However, no deal could be concluded, and the forward stayed with Sassuolo, and moved on to Genoa over the summer of 2015.

Nicola Salerno was the man behind the scenes at Elland Road, trying to bring Pavoletti to the club.

The former sporting director was a key figure in Leeds’ transfer dealings when involved at the club, but he could not seal the deal with the striker before the close of the summer 2014 transfer window.

Since then, Pavoletti has signed for Genoa, and he is currently one of the most prolific strikers in Serie A - despite only scoring his first goal in the division last season.

He has an incredible return of 11 goals in 13 games, scoring on average once every 94 minutes.

The weekend just gone saw Pavoletti score an exceptional scissor kick in Genoa’s 4-0 win over Palermo, one of two goals in the game for the former Leeds target.

Following the game, Salerno took to Twitter to praise the striker’s impressive feats, leaving Leeds fans to wonder what might have been if the former sporting director could have wrapped up the deal for the Italian forward.

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