Leeds United defender Giuseppe Bellusci is a transfer target for Serie A side Bologna, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Bellusci had been tipped to make his loan move to Empoli permanent this summer, but the club's relegation from Serie A has cast serious doubt over that possibility, with Empoli not expected to pursue a transfer move after their relegation.
Their descent into Serie B was confirmed by a 2-1 loss to Palermo as goals from Ilija Nestorovski and Bruno Henrique sealed Empoli's fate, with Rade Krunic's strike counting for little else than a consolation.
Bellusci made 33 Serie A appearances during his loan spell, scoring once, but his future is uncertain as he has a year left on his contract with Championship side Leeds, who have parted company with former manager Garry Monk who ruled him surplus to requirements.
Bologna, who safely avoided relegation with a finish of 15th in Serie A, could now look to make a deal for former Italy Under-21 international Bellusci, who made a total of 57 league appearances for Leeds before his loan spell at Empoli.
The 27-year-old signed a four-year deal upon joining from Catania in 2014, but has not played for the club since the 3-2 win against Reading at Elland Road in April 2016, with Kyle Bartley being signed on loan from Swansea and Pontus Jansson on a similar deal from Torino.
Leeds looked set to make the playoffs, but a poor finish to the season saw them win just one of their last six Championship matches, eventually finishing five points behind sixth place Fulham.