Leeds United are ready to sign Napoli outcast Alessandro Gamberini, but face competition from Italian side Chievo Verona.
Gamberini, 32, will make his decision on where he wants to play very soon, according to the Express, with the Championship side a likely destination.
The Italian centre back has not enjoyed his time at Napoli, getting hardly any playing opportunities and being sent on loan to Genoa last season. Over the two years he has spent at the club, he has played only 25 times and experienced manager Rafa Benitez doesn’t seem to want to keep the player on at Napoli.
However, before he joined Napoli, Gamberini had a seven-year spell at Fiorentina, making 195 appearances and gaining the captaincy. This also led to a call up to the Italian national side for Euro 2008, but the last of his eight appearances came back in 2009.
First team quest
The player's quest for more first team action could bring him to England, with Leeds United bidding to strengthen their squad ahead of the new season, wanting to build upon their 15th place finish last campaign and possibly push for promotion.
The Elland Road outfit has already added full back Gaetano Berardi, goalkeepers Marco Silvestri and Stuart Taylor, along with midfielder and striker Tommaso Bianchi and Souleymane Doukara respectively.
This mass transfer movement comes after the departure of the Championship’s top goalscorer, Ross McCormack, to Fulham for £11million recently.
The club will hope these signings gel during their pre-season matches against Chesterfield, Swindon Town, Glenavon and Dundee United as they hope to get of to a flying start in the Championship with their first match against Millwall.