Leeds United ace looking to force Premier League move

Luciano Becchio (Leeds)Leeds striker Luciano Becchio has handed in a transfer request in a bid secure a move to the Premier League.

The Argentinian has been attracting the attention of both Aston Villa and Wigan in recent weeks, with the duo keen to force through a January move.

His solid start to the season has been the cause of increased interest, with the 29-year-old having notched 19 goals already this season, including the opener during their Capital One Cup tie against Chelsea.

Leeds have revealed that numerous bids have already been turned down and now Becchio has asked to leave:

“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.” A statement from the club read.

They did however claim that he will not be leaving on the cheap and the previous offers have not met their valuation of the South American:

“Both bids have been rejected and the player will only be allowed to leave in the event that an acceptable offer is received.”

Leeds went on to reveal that they have offered Becchio a new deal to stay at the club, but they are unable to match his demands:

“The club have sought to agree the terms of a new contract with the player, who is already the highest earner, but the requested terms were beyond a level that we could support, particularly in view of the regulations relating to Financial Fair Play that will be effective in coming seasons.

“It is disappointing that this situation has occurred when he is under contract until 30th June 2014.”

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