Leeds United have been linked with Clermont Foot forward Florian Aye, as have Massimo Cellino’s Serie A newcomers Brescia.

Leeds United could renew acquaintances with a certain Mr Cellino this summer.

The Italian spent three years as the chairman of one of English football’s biggest sleeping giants between 2014 and 2017 but, rather than drag the Whites back to the big time, Massimo Cellino will be remembered for banning the number 17, a string of seemingly random managerial appointments and 26, largely forgettable, signings.

These days, Cellino is running a far tighter ship in Brescia, having led the club to promotion from the Italian second division this weekend.

And in a rather intriguing twist of fate, he now faces a battle with Leeds for the signature of a very exciting young striker.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, Brescia have opened talks with Clermont Foot for the signature of Florian Aye – a gifted forward who has also captured the hearts of Leeds, so say the Mirror (28 April, page 64).

The Paris-born 22-year-old fired home 18 goals in the French second tier last season but who will win the race for his signature; Leeds United or the man who hired David Hockaday and publicly renounced Sky TV at Elland Road.

In other news, Graham Hunter offers view on Newcastle-linked Carles Alena