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5th Jun, 2017 | 2:40pm

Reliable journalist: Leeds could cut losses over deal for 27-year-old defender

By Will Butcher

Leeds could be willing to accept a loss on Giuseppe Bellusci in order to offload the defender to Serie A outfit Empoli, according to a reliable journalist.

The Italian defender spent the entire season on loan with Empoli, but failed to prevent his side being relegated in the final game of the 2016-17 campaign as they finished in 18th.

Replying to a Leeds fan on his personal Twitter account, Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Phil Hay revealed the Yorkshire giants could be flexible and “cut their losses” on Bellusci.

Italian news outlet Tutto Mercato Web claimed last week that Bologna are eyeing the 27-year-old, but Empoli are believed to want to make Bellusci’s season-long loan a permanent deal.

The four-time Italy international made 33 appearances for Empoli this season, helping his side keep eight clean sheets.

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Bellusci move to Elland Road in the summer of 2014 following former owner Massimo Cellino’s takeover of the former Champions League side from Catania.

He went on to play in 61 league and cup encounters for Leeds, but was disliked by fans as he was known for a lack of temperament and tendency to produce a blunder from time to time.

Empoli are believed to have a buying option in Bellusci’s current loan deal, and a deal could be wrapped up this summer with only 12 months remaining on the defender’s current contract.

Football Insider verdict:

Leeds need to get rid of Bellusci as soon as possible in order to get him off of the Elland Road wage bill and start afresh. Cashing in on the defender, who caused more trouble for the Whites then good, would give the new Leeds manager money to spend in the summer and more manoeuvrability with his wage budget in looking to bolster the side. Bellusci was not suited to English football and was often caught out at the back, and with all parties looking to strike a deal, Bellusci could return to his home country sooner rather than later in a move that would suit everyone.

 In other Leeds transfer news, the Whites are said to be in pole position to sign this African striker from a Serie A side.

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