By Derek Smithson

Leeds are in talks with Italian side Cremonese over a deal for defender Giuseppe Bellusci, according to a report.

Italian outlet Cuore Grigio Rosso claim that Serie B club Cremonese are trying to sign the 27-year-old from Elland Road.

However, it is understood that trying to secure a deal is “complicated” due to fierce competition from Greek side PAOK.

Calcio Mercato have reported that PAOK are set to hold talks with Leeds for the second time over a move for Bellusci after initial negotiations took place on Thursday.

The centre-back is set to depart Leeds this summer after manager Thomas Christiansen confirmed he does not feature in his plans going forward.

He spent last season on loan at Italian outfit Empoli and appears to have played his last game for the Yorkshire giants.

Bellusci has played 61 times for the Whites since his 2014 arrival and the no-nonsense defender is now edging closer to joining a new club.

Football Insider verdict:

Recently promoted Serie B side Cremonese should feel confident in securing a move for Bellusci and bringing him back to his homeland. The 27-year-old played in the Italian top flight last season with Empoli as they suffered relegation. However, he has strong experience in Italy and is yet to experience the Greek league where PAOK play. Leeds have made the right decision in allowing the centre-back to depart Elland Road in the summer as he can’t be relied upon to aid a promotion hunt next season. However, Christiansen must bring in some defensive reinforcements to keep a good balance in his squad.

In other Leeds transfer news, they are plotting a swoop for a Premier League striker.

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