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Italian journalist: Leeds close on Pavoletti deal, chasing Inter Milan midfielder Rene Krhin

A bit of good news for Leeds United fans on a dismal day for the club?

Leeds United may have slipped to 20th in the Championship table, but there could be a little positive news on the horizon amid the end to a turbulent 2014.

Despite a transfer embargo, Leeds are permitted to sign players on loan, and sporting director Nicola Salerno has made no secret of his desire to sign striker Leonardo Pavoletti.

Italian journalist Ivan Zazzaroni of GQ Italia confirmed this evening that the club are advancing in negotiations for the out of favour Sassuolo forward, and are also interested in Inter Milan's Rene Krhin.

He added that the fee described for Pavoletti was in principle if all parties were happy with the outcome of the loan move, come the end of the season.

Rene Krhin is a defensive midfielder who has made only two Serie A and two Europa League appearances for Inter Milan this season.

He is a Slovenian international with 16 caps and one goal, and was given his first chance at Inter by former treble winning boss Jose Mourinho, now of Chelsea.

While Pavoletti may be seen as a luxury up front, a 6ft 2" defensive midfielder of Krhin's ilk would be a real asset, despite an inexperience of Championship football.

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