By Richard Parks

Leeds United are in hot pursuit of Venezia midfielder Leo Stulac, according to a reliable journalist.

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.

Football Insider verdict:

Leeds’ pursuit of Stulac is an intriguing one. The former Slovenia Under-21 international was on the bench at Serie B outfit Venezia for most of the opening half of the season, but has seized his chance over recent months and has been key to firing them to fifth spot in the division. The versatile midfielder has demonstrated his class by scoring six goals and creating four assists from 20 appearances this season, an excellent return for someone who generally plays quite deep. Indeed, Stulac is in the form of his life after netting three goals in his last four matches. Little wonder Genoa are trying to close a deal, but Leeds’ ambush attempt muddies the water for the Italian big hitters. Can the Championship big hitters win the race for a player who is out of contract in 12 months and can be signed for a reasonable fee? It is highly possible, but Victor Orta and his recruitment team will need to be persuasive.

In other Leeds United news, it can be revealed that Andrea Radrizzani is ready to end the careers of 13 senior players at the club in a jawdropping cull.

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