By Derek Smithson

Leeds are preparing to terminate the contract of defender Giuseppe Bellusci, according to a reliable journalist.

Sky Sports Italy correspondent Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed on his personal website that the Whites are set to agree the termination of the 27-year-old’s deal at Elland Road.

It is understood that the centre-back is set to move abroad with PAOK the frontrunners, while Cremonese and Novara are also in the running.

The report details that there is no chance of Bellusci forcing his way back into contention at Leeds and that he will leave the Championship side in the summer.

Bellusci joined the Yorkshire club back in 2014 and has made 61 appearances for them.

The Italian spent the 2016/17 campaign out on loan at Empoli, where he was relegated from Serie A.

He has turned out to be an unpopular figure with Leeds fans due to his rash style and will not feature in Thomas Christiansen’s plans going forward.

Football Insider verdict:

Leeds are desperate to get rid of Bellsuci and terminating his contract will allow him to complete a deal elsewhere. The centre-back can’t be trusted to be a consistent performer and his disciplinary record is a major flaw in his game. He picked up 15 yellow cards in 33 appearances last season out on loan and his no-nonsense approach often sees him exposed. However, Leeds are facing a real shortage at the back and Liam Cooper is currently the only senior centre-back that will be available for the start of the Championship season. They need a couple of centre-back additions desperately to help their squad and reliable players should be a priority.

In other Leeds transfer news, they are in a battle to sign an available 20-year-old defender.

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