Report: Leeds United would have to pay big for Serie B striker Massimo Coda

Leeds United manager Garry Monk

Leeds United could do with another strker to take the pressure off Chris Wood but will they stump up over £2.5m for the unproven Salernitana forward?

Leeds United will have to stump up £2.5 million to secure the signature of Massimo Coda, Tuttomercatoweb reports.

The 28-year-old, who plies his trade for Salernitana in Serie B, has exploded onto the scene this season after netting nine goals in 20 appearances in the second division, with Calciomercato reporting that Leeds are among the clubs tracking his progress.

Coda has inevitably drawn comparisons to AC Milan striker Gianluca Lapadula (below), another late-bloomer who also made his name in the lower leagues, and netted one of the goals of the season in Italy with a brilliantly controlled Van Basten-esque volley against SPAL in September.

Lapadula

However, such impressive form means Salernitana, owned by Lazio president Claudio Lotito, have identified an opportunity to ramp up his value somewhat with Tuttomercatoweb reporting that they are demanding £2.5 million for a player who, just four years ago, was representing San Marino in Serie D.

Lotito is known for earning huge sums for departing players so, if Leeds are to turn their reported interest into anything more substantial, they will have to prepare a similar fee to the one that took Chris Wood to Elland Road.

Leeds United's Chris Wood celebrates after scoring their second goal

However, with The Whites lacking a prolific goalscorer to back up Wood’s exploits this season, Garry Monk’s side could yet be tempted into a bid.

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