Leeds United have reluctantly accepted a transfer request from star striker Luciano Becchio. The Argentine striker has been at Elland Road since 2008 and has scored double figures in each of his five seasons in Yorkshire; including 19 goals in 31 appearances this term.
Leeds released a statement in relation to the deal making it clear he would not be leaving on the cheap:
Luciano Becchio, who has been the subject of two separate bids from foreign clubs during the January transfer window, has handed in a transfer request to the club, as financially he believes his best interests are served by a move away from Leeds United.
Both bids have been rejected and the player will only be allowed to leave in the event that an acceptable offer is received.
Two bids have already been received from abroad for the 29-year-old with interest believed to be coming from Spain and his Argentine homeland but where in the UK could he end up?
The Lactics have already been linked with the in-form striker this month but Roberto Martinez responded to the suggestions by saying ‘I don’t think so.’ Not exactly a ringing endorsement.
However you can see why the suggestion has been made as Wigan could use an extra front-man up top and Becchio’s style of play certainly fits in with the Martinez blueprint.
Another Premier League team bereft of attacking options The Canaries have also seen bids for Gary Hooper and Danny Graham turned down in recent weeks and Becchio’s former team-mates Bradley Johnson, Jonny Howson and Robert Snodgrass are all already at Carrow Road so he could join them in Norfolk.
Another team who could do with attacking reinforcements in January and Becchio could certainly do a job as the back-up for Steven Fletcher at The Stadium of Light.
West Ham United
Sam Allardyce’s men need a striker as at the moment none of their current lot look capable of scoring any goals. If you want an out-an-out striker who will put the ball in the back of the net then West Ham need look no further than the want away frontman.
The Seagulls are pushing for the play-offs and the introduction of Becchio could be the last piece of the puzzle in terms of bridging that gap. Whether financially they can afford him is another question but the potential to link up with former coach Gus Poyet could be a massive lure.
Do you think Becchio will stay in England?
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