By David Woods

15th Apr, 2020 | 7:34am

Phil Hay names international striker as player Leeds tried to sign on 'Don't go to bed' night

It’s been a source of mystery and frustration for Leeds United fans for almost six years now but it’s now been solved by Phil Hay. 

On deadline day in 2014, with just ten minutes to go until the window slammed shut, the official Leeds site sent a tweet that got the fans hugely excited.

However, what followed – two players leaving the club wasn’t what fans were hoping for – to say the least.

But that was it and Leeds signed off with the next tweet that made no mention of any possible or failed incomings.

The replies to this infamous tweet were not polite – click and read them at your own peril.

But, Leeds were trying to bring someone in and they made another attempt to sign him in the January window that followed – unsuccessfully as well.

Athletic journalist Phil Hay dropped the name on Twitter on Tuesday night – Italian striker Leonardo Pavoletti.

Pavoletti is now 31 and has one cap for Italy. He got on the radar at Leeds after an impressive 13/14 season when he scored 20 goals in 36 games for Serie B side Varese Calcio.

That saw him move up to Serie A, and he moved to Cagliari in 2017. He scored 16 goals in 32 games last season in Serie A and that got him a call-up to the Italian national side.

He was relatively unknown back in 2014, certainly in this country, but his signing would still have pacified the fans.

Instead, the move obviously collapsed and then Pavoletti turned down a loan move to Leeds in January 2015, moving to Genoa instead.

It was a social media lesson learned the painful way for Leeds United.

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