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Fallen giants Parma reportedly want Leeds United striker Mirco Antenucci

Parma fans at Ennio Tardini

The Italian side have just been promoted from Serie D.

Leeds United striker Mirco Antenucci looks to be heading out of Yorkshire this summer, with the Italian out of contract with the club.

The popular and dangerous forward is widely expected to head back to his Italian homeland with the likes of Ascoli and Ternana linked in recent weeks.

Now however a more prestigious side is being linked with his signature, although it is a team that has fallen upon hard times.

According to CalcioNews24, quoting Sky Italia, Parma have the Leeds striker on a two-man shortlist for striker options this summer – along with Ascoli striker Daniele Cacia.

Parma were of course a European force toward the end of the last century. They had such memorable players as Gianluigi Buffon, Fabio Cannavaro and Hernan Crespo in their ranks and won the UEFA Cup on two occasions.

But when their parent company Parmalat collapsed the club went into financial ruin and have suffered off the pitch for the past 15 years.

Last summer they were liquidated and relegated to Serie D, the fourth tier of Italian football.

But they have romped to victory at that level, winning the league last month and are currently 17 points clear of their nearest rivals.

Next season they hope to push on into Serie B and believe the goalscoring antics of Antenucci would be a big help.

Whilst moving to a third tier Italian side might usually be seen as a step down, the chance to potentially be a part of Parma’s rejuvenation cannot be underestimated.

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