They report that the Whites have made contact with his club Varese to discuss a possible deal.
Pavoletti spent last season on loan at Varese in Serie B where he scored twenty goals in thirty-three appearances.
Varese are also said to be interested but the €700,000 price tag is proving to be a stumbling block for them.
If Leeds do get this signing completed he could be one of many Italians plying his trade at Elland Road next season, given Massimo Cellino's links.
Leeds could have serious competition from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim who are also believed to be interested in Pavoletti.