​Leeds United striker Mirco Antenucci has been offered several proposals to leave Elland Road and return back to his homeland of Italy.

The 31-year-old forward, who was signed from Ternana at the start of last season, has not been as integral to the side as he might have hoped despite being top scorer last season, starting just 11 out of his 23 matches this season.

However, Antenucci has still found the net on five occasions this term, as Leeds United try and chase down a play-off place as best they can, which seems unlikely given the club are nine points off at present.

According to TuttoMercato as reported by ​SportWitness though, with Antenucci's contract expiring at the end of the season, and as such is free to agree pre-contract terms with foreign sides, and a move back to Italy on a free is very much a possibility. 

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Serie B sides Novara, Ascoli, Cagliari and Bari are all keeping a very close eye on proceedings regarding Antenucci's situation, though Leeds could try and offload the player immediately to get some money for him.

Given the player is 31 and out of contract in a few months, the club can't realistically expect to get a great deal for him - but with Financial Fair Play restrictions fierce in the Championship, any money made could be vital.

Alternatively, the club may decide to keep him on regardless to provide a different option in attack, even if he does sign for one of those Serie B sides mentioned. Antenucci's last goal for Leeds was in early November in a 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town.

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Leeds themselves are currently in 13th position in the Championship and have fallen off the trail for a play-off spot after drawing their last three matches. They next face Rotherham United in the FA Cup, and their next league fixture is against Ipswich Town.