Luciano Becchio to Wigan Athletic?

Wigan have got their eyes on Leeds United striker Luciano Becchio, what are they willing to pay?

Wigan have been linked with a £4 million bid for Leeds United striker Luciano Becchio according to a wide array of online media sources.

Wigan have already brought in Angelo Henriquez from Manchester United to bolster their attacking options and the experienced Argentine is next on the list.

Becchio has scored 17 goals so far this season and while they may not want him to leave, Neil Warnock may have a hard time turning down a multi-million offer considering Leeds’ current Championship status.

In an ideal world the 29-year-old striker would fire Leeds back up to the Premier League but the chance to play top flight football for another team may be too good to turn down.

It’s also a gamble for him to stay at Leeds who look destined for another shot at Premier League promotion via the play-offs.

This news may also be a hint that Wigan are ready to offload key midfielder James McCarthy in a minimum £8 million deal which would help to finance any approach for Becchio from Leeds.

If the move comes off then it cold be a real coup for Wigan because Becchio is used to the English game and a passing style of football which is ideally, how Roberto Martinez likes his Wigan team to play.

He would also create competition for places at the Premier League side and drastically improve their chances of staying up and climbing the table for the first time in the last few seasons.

This transfer would also mean Wigan wouldn’t have to drastically alter their wage structure which is likely to be at a similar level to Leeds who are one of the bigger sides in the Championship.

Becchio has 18 months left to run on his current deal which means if Leeds are going to sell him they can do so now, in the summer or next winter.

The summer seems a more likely time for Leeds to listen to offers for Becchio as Warnock has already said this January, he finds it very difficult to see Becchio leaving the club.

It’s all about the temptation of Premier League football which means that if Becchio stays and Leeds don’t go up then he could move on but there is the risk that no Premier League side will be interested in him this summer.

Should Becchio try to engineer a move to Wigan or is he better off staying put?

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