Report: Leeds to miss out on Antonio Floro Flores as former club Genoa swoop

Genoa v Catania at the Marassi

Leeds will reportedly lose out to Genoa in the race to sign Antonio Floro Flores.

According to Tutto Mercato Web, Genoa are beating Leeds in the race to sign Sassuolo striker Antonio Floro Flores.

Floro Flores, 32, is currently playing with Sassuolo in Serie A, but has started just eight league games this season, with three goals and two assists to his name.

Now though, the veteran forward could be on the move, with Tutto Mercato Web suggesting that Genoa and Leeds are both keen to sign him - but the Italian club appear to be closing in on a deal.

It's suggested that Floro Flores, who has had two separate spells with Genoa already, is moving closer to a return to the Serie A club, rather than making a move to Elland Road before tonight's transfer deadline - though it's noted in the Yorkshire Evening Post's transfer blog that Floro Flores could yet join Serie A rivals Chievo instead of Genoa.

With Leeds set to miss out on his signature, Whites boss Steve Evans will have to look elsewhere for a new striker, though it's believed owner Massimo Cellino had a huge hand in this deal.

Given that Leeds have made some poor signings from Italian football since Cellino's arrival - such as Edgar Cani, Granddi Ngoyi and Zan Benedicic - Leeds fans may be glad that they aren't going back to shopping in Italy yet again.

Evans does need a striker though, and whilst it may not be 32-year-old Floro Flores, look for Leeds to target a striker, with Chris Wood currently out injured.

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