Leeds United owner, Massimo Cellino, has ruled out the possibility of Luciano Becchio. This comes after manager Neil Redfearn, confirmed he was interested in re-signing the Argentine.
Redfearn said in a press conference: "He would be one that would give us good competition, He knows Leeds." He also said that his team "lacks Championship experience" so it seems Becchio would have been the ideal fit.
His agent too would have been happy to see Becchio back at Leeds when he said: "Leeds is Luciano's home and if they want to sign him they know where we are."
However Cellino has yet again proved that he wears the trousers at Leeds United and has ruled out the possibility. Despite having an appeal to a ban looming, Cellino is prepared to aid the club in this months transfer window.
And on the subject of Becchio he revealed to The Sun that: “We love Becchio and made a big mistake when we let him go. He is not the same player he was three years ago and Leeds is not the same club. He is the past and we are concerned about the future.”
Becchio scored 86 goals in 221 appearances in a four and a half year spell at Leeds and is still considered a hero amongst Leeds United's supporters.
He scored 15 league goals the year they got promoted from League One and he also played in the famous 1-0 FA Cup victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford in 2010.
He has struggled to find his feet since moving to Norwich City in 2013 having made just 13 appearances. He joined Rotherham on loan earlier this season but a fractured heel cut the deal short and he returned to Norfolk. He is now fit and available but it doesn't look like Cellino will sanction the signing.
Cellino has looked to Catania, the club he owned for 22 years in his search for a striker. He's understood to have made an approach to take Albanian international striker, Edgar Cani, on loan until the end of the season. The 25-year-old is 6"4 and has scored three goals for Catania so far this season.
Leeds are also rumoured to be interested in Palermo defender Sol Bamba who made 52 Championship appearances in a two year spell with Leicester City.
Going the other way is captain Stephen Warnock. Although the deal has been delayed due to an injury he picked up, the 33-year-old full back is set to join Derby County on an 18 month deal.
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