19 games, 11 goals; Sunderland reportedly had bid snubbed for Leonardo Pavoletti


Sunderland have reportedly failed in a move for Genoa striker Leonard Pavoletti.

According to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, Sunderland have failed in a move to sign Genoa striker Leonardo Pavoletti, who has been in fine form this season.

The Black Cats were active in January, bringing in the likes of Steve Harper, Lamine Kone, Jan Kirchhoff, Wahbi Khazri and Dame N'Doye to aid their battle against relegation.

Sam Allardyce's men are now just two points adrift of safety, and it will be somewhat hard for Sunderland to plan for the summer transfer window until they know what division they will be in next season.

Still, transfer rumours surround the Black Cats, and Italian newspaper Tuttosport suggest that they have failed in a move for Genoa striker Leonardo Pavoletti.

The former Sassuolo ace, 27, joined Genoa in January 2015, and hit six goals in ten games at the end of last season, before hitting 11 goals in just 19 appearances this term.

The 6ft 2in forward has hit top form at Genoa, and his exploits appear to have attracted interest, with Tuttosport claiming that not only are AC Milan hoping to sign him this summer, but Sunderland have failed in a move for him.

Whilst it's not clear whether that move was in January or with a view to signing him this summer, it's claimed that whatever Sunderland did offer was immediately rejected by Genoa's president Enrico Preziosi - meaning Allardyce may have to look elsewhere for another striking option this summer.

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