By Coral Barry
Giuseppe Bellusci has flown out to Italy to complete a season-long loan move to Empoli, according to a report.
The centre-back has endured a stop-start career at Elland Road with spells of good form interrupted by spats off the pitch and some questionable decisions on it.
Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed on his website that Empoli have agreed a loan deal with an option to permanently to buy the Leeds defender.
Bellusci is thought to be on his way to Empoli with his agent to complete a medical and finalise the move.
Leeds are undergoing a summer of change at the club with the arrival of former Swansea manager Garry Monk.
Monk is eager to put his own stamp on his Leeds side and is targeting new faces as well as looking to offload several players within the squad.
Bellusci joined Leeds on loan from Italian side Catania before making the stint permanent in 2014 and was one of the many Italian players to be brought to the club following Massimo Cellino’s appointment as owner.
However two years on and the 26-year-old follows fellow Italians Tommaso Bianchi and Mirco Antenucci out of the club, albeit temporarily. Bellusci has two years remaining on his contract.
Leeds are hopeful that under Monk’s influence they can mount a charge for a play-off spot and vastly improve on their disappointing 13th-placed finish under Steve Evans in the 2015-16 season.