Leeds should take a punt on free agent Rossi

Leeds United have made a very positive start to life under new head coach Marcelo Bielsa, and the Whites should now look to further improve their squad with the signing of Giuseppe Rossi, who is available on a free transfer this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Patrick Bamford has been brought to Elland Road this summer, with the Whites paying £7m in order to sign the centre-forward from Middlesbrough.

Bamford got off the mark in the League Cup against Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday night, but is currently being kept out of Bielsa’s Championship XI by in-form Kemar Roofe.

Leeds are not overly blessed in the striker department, however, and it would not be a surprise to see the club further boost that area of the field.

The loan market is an option, with Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham amongst those to be linked, but Leeds should instead look at signing Rossi in what would be a stunning capture.

The 31-year-old is available on a free having left Genoa at the end of last season, and Bielsa should look to use his standing in the game to bring the Italian to Elland Road.

Could the deal really take place?

Well, stranger things have happened. Rossi has been injured for a quarter of his 14-year career as a footballer, but the forward still has time on his side.

Rossi’s time in the sport has been seriously harmed by a succession of knee injuries, and he has simply been unable to build on the promise that he showed at Manchester United.

Rossi’s best spell came at Villarreal between 2007 and 2013 – where he managed 82 goals in 192 appearances for the Yellow Submarine.

The Italian also had a very impressive scoring record at Fiorentina – 19 in 42 appearances – when considering that he again struggled with injury.

Rossi only scored once in 10 appearances for Genoa last season before departing, but BBC Sport has reported that the attacker is currently training with New York Red Bulls as he looks for a new club.

There is a serious player in there if more injuries can be avoided, and he would certainly be their biggest signing in recent years given the pedigree and quality that he clearly has.