According to reports in Italy, Palermo are closing in on former Leeds United defender Giuseppe Bellusci. The 27 year old was released this week by the Championship side after three seasons with the club.

Palmero Today report comments made by Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini confirming Bellusci will be joining the Serie B side this summer:

“Bellusci will soon arrive, but he will not be the last player in this market.”

Bellusci signing for Palermo could be seen as a step down from what the defender wanted after the Sicilian club were relegated to the second tier last season. It was expected the former Leeds United player would join a Serie A side in this window after his exploits with Empoli in the last campaign.

However, this could be an interesting move for the player, with Palermo going through big changes. Zamparini recently acquired the club again after Paul Baccaglini failed to go through with his plan to purchase Palermo. This hasn’t stopped Palermo aiming to get promotion back to the top flight, and they are expected to be busy in this window.

Some players have turned down the chance to sign for the Italian club due to their relegation, but it seems Bellusci isn’t concerned about their current situation.

There’s a good chance Palermo can come up next season, and give the departed Leeds United player Serie A football in 12 months time.

His move is unlikely to go down well with Palermo’s rivals Catania after the central defender played for the Sicilian club before his move to Leeds United.