Cani makes Leeds United switch but Austin is staying put

Neil Redfearn
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Leeds United have completed the signing of Albanian striker Edgar Cani on loan from Catania.

The forward has moved to Elland Road on loan for the rest of the Championship season with a view to a permanent deal.

United tracked 6’4” Cani throughout the January transfer window and have finalised his move ahead of tonight’s 11pm deadline.

Cani, 25, was born in the Albanian capital Tirana but has spent most of his playing career in Italy.

He started out at Pescara and also played for Palermo before leaving the Italian leagues for a spell with Polish club Polonia Warsaw.

Catania - the club who Leeds recruited Giuseppe Bellusci and Souleymane Doukara from last summer - signed the forward in 2013 but loaned him out to Carpi and Bari during his first season in Sicily.

Cani, an Albanian international, has made 15 Serie B appearances for Catania this term, scoring three times.

Cani said: “I heard about a month ago that Leeds wanted me.

“I was very happy about that and I’m very happy to be here.

“I think it is a great team. I think that we can keep going like this, like these last two matches that we won.

“I would like to play and do as much for the team as I can.”

The news comes after Leeds announced that Rudy Austin is not for sale amid interest from Wigan Athletic.