By Will Butcher
Leeds have decided against offering a contract to 32-year-old full-back Gabriele Perico, according to a reliable journalist.
The former Italy under-20 international, who is a free agent after being released by Leeds owner Massimo Cellino’s former side Cagliari, has been on trial at Elland Road.
But Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay has reported on his personal Twitter account that Perico has been given the thumbs down by Leeds despite a wealth of experience in Italy and impressing in a friendly against Atalanta last weekend.
Hay cites Radio Yorkshire’s Joe Rawson, who claims that Leeds manager Garry Monk has turned his attention to Benfica left-back Alexis Scholl.
Scholl is Belgian 22-year-old. Was a youth player at Anderlecht and now plays for Benfica B. Monk has said no to Gabriele Perico. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) August 4, 2016
.@joerawson saying Benfica left-back Alexis Scholl now a target for Leeds. Linked in Portuguese paper A Bola earlier this week.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 4, 2016
Scholl, 22, was reported to be on Monk’s shortlist by Portuguese newspaper A Bola on Tuesday.
New manager Monk has been very busy in the transfer market, clinching the headline capture of former Swansea star and Spanish international Pablo Hernandez on a six-month loan from UAE side Al-Jazira earlier this week.
He has also signed strike duo Kemar Roofe and Marcus Antonsson, goalkeeper Robert Green on a free transfer and brought winger Hadi Sacko, defender Kyle Bartley and midfielder Matt Grimes to the club on season-long loan deals.
In other Leeds transfer news, this former Leeds defender is set to join League One side Coventry.