Leeds United face competition in the form of Cagliari in their chase to sign Sassuolo striker Leonardo Pavoletti, according to Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli.
Leeds have been chasing the player since deadline day at the end of the summer transfer window, when the window slammed shut before they could secure his signature on loan.
The club had previously converted the loan deals for Souleymane Doukara and Guiseppe Bellusci into permanent transfers to free up space to sign Pavoletti and bolster their ranks of strikers.
He has emerged as a key target for Leeds going into the winter transfer window, despite the fact the Elland Road club have a transfer embargo hanging over them from the Football League.
They now face competition from owner Massimo Cellino’s former club Cagliari for his signature.
Leeds lost 1-0 against Premier League side Sunderland in the FA Cup third round on Sunday afternoon.
The Whites have only scored one goal in their last six games, which was a penalty scored by Billy Sharp against Nottingham Forest.