Report: Sampdoria enter chase for Leeds United defender Giuseppe Bellusci

Leeds United's Giuseppe Bellusci

Giuseppe Bellusci is wanted by Sampdoria.

Leeds United's Giuseppe BellusciLeeds United's Giuseppe Bellusci

Serie A side Sampdoria have emerged as surprise candidates to sign Giuseppe Bellusci, Tuttomercatoweb report.

Sampdoria finished 15th in Italy's top tier last season, and are looking to strengthen ahead of the upcoming campaign. 

Bellusci signed at Leeds United two seasons ago, and has had a mixed time of it, having a difficult relationship with supporters.

Despite playing well early last season, the centre-back's form took a dip later into the campaign, responsible for key mistakes including the one which led to them losing to Rotherham.

Giuseppe Bellusci (L) celebrates with Tommaso Bianchi after scoring the first goal for Leeds UnitedGiuseppe Bellusci (L) celebrates with Tommaso Bianchi 

He was taken out of the team by head coach Steve Evans, and ended the season as third choice centre-back behind Sol Bamba and Liam Cooper.

It would not be a surprise to see Bellusci pushing for a move, and the chance to play in Serie A again, where he previouslt featured for Catania, is likely to appeal.

Leeds' Giuseppe Bellusci scores an own goal and Middlesbrough's secondLeeds' Giuseppe Bellusci scores an own goal and Middlesbrough's second

It is unclear at present whether Leeds would sanction a move, with their head coach situation for next season still decided.

Allowing Bellusci to move on could provide useful funds for which to bolster the side heading into the transfer window, with the club's current budget unclear.

Watford's Nordin Amrabat in action with Leeds United's Giuseppe BellusciWatford's Nordin Amrabat in action with Leeds United's Giuseppe Bellusci

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