Leeds United were linked with plenty of players over the summer. One of those who was consistently linked with an Elland Road switch was Italian frontman Andrea Petagna.
Italian website TuttoMercatoWeb reported that Leeds were keen on signing the SPAL attacker. They claimed Leeds had seen a €15 million (£13.8m) bid for the player rejected this summer. Leeds Live later suggested no bid had actually been made for the player, but did not suggest Leeds had no interest in the player.
Leeds were on the hunt for a new striker with Kemar Roofe set to leave.
It was a deal that rumbled on for a number of weeks, before TMW reported that the player was not interested in a move to Elland Road.
Leeds United eventually signed Eddie Nketiah on loan, but he was recalled by Arsenal in January. Jean-Kevin Augustin arrived in January but has been struggling with injury. So undoubtedly Leeds fans will wish Petagna had been signed.
The 24-year-old has been in fine form for SPAL this season, despite their Serie A struggles. He has scored 10 goals in 23 Serie A appearances, including strikes against the likes of Atalanta, Roma, Juventus and league leaders Lazio.
It is the sort of form which might have had Leeds well clear in the promotion battle, had they killed off some of the games they have dominated but fell short. Indeed, there have been games in which Leeds have simply not taken a plethora of chances.
The result of Petagna’s excellent season will be a summer move to Napoli. As reported by Gianluca Di Marzio, Napoli have paid €17 million (£14.7m) to secure the former Leeds target’s services in the summer.
Whilst it is a case of Leeds missing out on a potential target, it must also be seen as a good sign regarding the director of football Victor Orta’s continued pool of shortlisted players. Petagna would have been an excellent recruit and hopefully, there are plenty others like the Italian on his list for, hopefully, a Premier League campaign next season.