Report: Massimo Cellino looking to beat Leeds to signing of Frenchman
Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb have claimed that former Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino is keen to bring French striker Florian Aye to current side Brescia – just weeks after Leeds were linked with the Clermont Foot ace.
Aye, 22, has been on fire in the second tier of French football. Starring for mid-table outfit Clermont, Aye has found the back of the net 18 times in 38 outings – as well as laying on five assists for his teammates.
Leeds were linked with a move when Turkish outlet Haberturk claimed the Whites were rivalling SuperLig side Fenerbahce this summer. West Ham United and Southampton are also said to be interested.
But the latest report claims Cellino – who was president of Leeds for three and a half years – is looking to bring Aye to newly-promoted Brescia, who have regained their place in the top flight for Italian football.
Brescia have certainly stolen a march on Leeds and other interested parties if the report is to be believed. It is claimed Brescia are in talks with Aye’s representatives.
Leeds certainly need a striker after Kemar Roofe managed just 15 goals in an injury-ridden season, while Patrick Bamford struggled to show why Leeds splashed out on his services last summer.
However, Leeds fans will be hoping for a striker that is proven in the second tier of English football in a bid to help the Whites gain promotion to the Premier League.
Aye is an excellent prospect but the standard of France’s second division is some way off that of the Championship. Perhaps allowing Cellino to win the battle for Aye could backfire on the Italian.