Leeds United signing Fabrizio Cacciatore sends all the wrong type of messages

Fabrizio Cacciatore has been linked with Leeds United.

Leeds United have been linked with a new name in the transfer market, Fabrizio Cacciatore.

Italian website Tuttomercatoweb report that owner Massimo Cellino is studying the player, with a view to bringing him in this month.

Cacciatore is a right-back, and the timing of the links are intriguing, given the fact the club sold Sam Byram to West Ham the same day they emerged.

Yet everything about a deal for Cacciatore would send the wrong messages at Leeds, no matter whether he is able to help out in the short-term.

Cacciatore is 29-years-old, and is best described as in football terms as a journeyman. He is contracted to Sampdoria and has been his entire career - but is currently on his eighth loan spell away from the club.

At present he is playing for Chievo, with previous loan sides including Verona, Varese, Siena, Triestina, Foligno, Reggiana, and Olbio. 

A deal would emphasise Cellino's strategy for Leeds is all wrong, and lessons have not been learned from last season.

Selling off young talent, (a result of failing to offer Byram an adequate contract) and replacing them with ageing players unfamiliar with English football, is no way to build for success, and the promotion challenge Leeds dearly aspire to.

Leeds are well equipped at right-back already, with Gaetano Berardi impressive, and Lewie Coyle hoping to get a chance to challenge for a first team spot, and signing Cacciatore would be a needless move, which is not of course to say it is not a deal Leeds will shy away from.

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