By Richard Parks
Leeds United are reportedly in hot pursuit of Venezia midfielder Leo Stulac – and fans have delivered mixed verdicts on Twitter.
Italian broadcaster and transfer expert Alfredo Pedulla, who regularly breaks stories, has claimed on his personal website that the Yorkshire giants are battling Genoa for the signing of the Slovenian.
It is said that Genoa director Giorgio Perinetti is trying to finalise the signing of Stulac, 23, and a transfer is close but Leeds have made a late attempt to hijack the deal by contacting the player and his agent.
The former Slovenia Under-21 international is available on a free transfer this summer as he winds down his contract at Venezia, who are fifth in Serie B.
Stulac was on the bench for most of the opening half of the season, but has seized his chance over recent months, scoring six goals and creating four assists from 20 appearances over the entirety of the campaign.
The central midfielder has been especially productive of late, with three goals in his last four matches.
Many Leeds fans are unimpressed at the prospect of signing a player from Serie B after the club had their fingers burned in the past, but are excited at Stulac’s potential as well as the fact that he is available on a free.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Aren’t bothered about signing players like this could be good just don’t want to buy player who are potential instead of players of Quality for the first team now need the right balance last season we over loaded in potential and little quality for first Team if u get me
— Kenneth Roy Brown (@kennybrown1964) May 15, 2018
He’s an interesting link mainly down to him not being an obvious Heck / Orta or Football Capital type of player. Not saying it’s not true, just might possibly vaguely point to something else
— dean (@deancore) May 15, 2018
Thought same about Casper Sloth ????????????
— Keep the Faith (@Buybeckford) May 15, 2018
Serie B. Ace.
— Stuart Grant (@McClumsy84) May 15, 2018
what is it with all italian players???????? jesus christ get bianchi back
— Ryan Sharp (@RyanSharp96) May 15, 2018
— Jack Hill (@jack_hill88) May 15, 2018
These links are getting very tedious now. We was told we’d be going domestic & this looks like the same strategy as last year. Radz is gonna lose a lot of friends if this fails next season.
— Tony (@Tonylufc28) May 15, 2018
I’ll take a free, low wage punt on a foreigner as long as it’s only 2 or 3 not the entirety of our transfers. Could turn out to be a valuable asset, if not we might make a bit of money selling him.
— James (@James_H_3) May 15, 2018
Wow! Genoa are ALSO interested – says it all
Let’s get back to basics
— TheScurvyCrøw ???????? (@CrowScurvy) May 15, 2018
Is Cellino back ? We are buying again on Seria B transfer list. ????
— Leeds United Balkan (@LeedsUtdBalkan) May 15, 2018