Warnock plays down Becchio speculation

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Neil Warnock has poured cold water on rumours Leeds striker and January transfer target Luciano Becchio was watching Wigan's FA Cup tie at Bournemouth.

The Argentinian frontman has been the subject of much transfer speculation having bagged 19 goals for Leeds so far this season, with Roberto Martinez's Latics one of a handful of sides reported to be keen on his services. Those rumours only intensified as Becchio missed United's 2-1 FA Cup third-round replay victory at Birmingham, with twitter rife with reports the 29-year-old was at Dean Court.

But Leeds boss Warnock insists Becchio missed out due to illness and was safely tucked up in his house. And the manager said: "I've heard the rumours but I think he has texted Shaun Harvey (Leeds chief executive) to say he is at home. So he's obviously heard the rumours."

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