Leeds United boss Neil Warnock played down reports that striker Luciano Becchio is on the verge of a move away from Elland Road.
Becchio was not in the squad for the FA Cup trip to Birmingham City on Tuesday night and there were reports that he was in the stands at Bournemouth, watching the FA Cup clash between Bournemouth and Premier League side Wigan Athletic, who have been linked with a move for the striker.
Warnock spoke after the 2-1 win at Birmingham and he says the striker had been in touch with Leeds chief executive Shaun Harvey to deny he was at Bournemouth and at home sick after being sent home from training on Monday.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Warnock said, ‘I’ve heard the rumours but I think he has texted Shaun Harvey to say he is at home. So he’s obviously heard the rumours.
“We lost Becchio this morning, he came off training yesterday and said he felt sick. And then the doc said the morning he was sick in the night so he didn’t travel.”
Becchio has netted 19 goals for Leeds this season and Warnock admitted at the weekend that the player was having his head turned, with the player`s agent reportedly talking to clubs.
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