According to the Italian outlet TMW, Leeds sent scouts to watch Serie B outfit Foggia’s teenage striker Francesco Paolo Clemente recently.
Manager Marcelo Bielsa has remained coy in recent weeks as to who the club are planning to sign in January, and has generally insisted that The Whites will not be too extravagant in the January transfer window. However, this is a clear sign that the club are targeting a striker, in a move that makes sense.
The knee injury to striker Patrick Bamford earlier in the season left the Yorkshire club looking very thin on the ground when it comes to strikers, with Kemar Roofe being their only experienced striker. An injury to Roofe spelled disaster for The Whites, but they were able to manage with teenager Tyler Roberts stepping up for the club.
However, with Bamford recently admitting to the Yorkshire Evening Post that it is likely that he will be playing through pain over the next few months, Leeds will not want to find themselves in another crisis again. While Bamford may play, he is unlikely to be fully fit for a while, and the club will try and limit his workload. In order to do so, they will need depth in this department, and Clemente will provide that.
Of course, Clemente is unlikely to rival Roofe for a place, or even Roberts for that matter, but it just adds that extra bit of depth in their squad, as well as being a huge investment for the future of the club.