clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Luciano Becchio hands in Leeds transfer request but would the price be too high for Bolton?

Gareth Copley

According to Leeds United's official website, midfielder Luciano Becchio has made it clear that he wants to leave his club in search of pastures new. The statement from Leeds United says that two foreign clubs have already inquired about the Argentinian's services but both bids have been turned down by the club. Bolton Wanderers were interested in him at the beginning of the transfer window but does that mean that it is a price worth paying?

Becchio is currently the sixth-highest scorer in the nPower Championship with 15 goals thus far this season. For the sake of comparison, Chris Eagles has scored seven for Bolton Wanderers while new boy Craig Davies is top of Bolton's charts with eight scored in the Championship for Barnsley before moving.

Luciano Becchio is currently 29 years old and is set to end a four-and-a-half year stay at Leeds United. He has 190 appearances and 76 goals.

When finally fit, Bolton will be more than spoiled for choice in the center of the park with Josh Vela, Stu Holden, Keith Andrews, Mark Davies, Jay Spearing, and Darren Pratley all fighting for spots. If that doesn't rule the move out, surely the price will. If Leeds have already rejected two offers and will only let him go for a fee they deem acceptable, surely the Trotters will priced out. Then there's the issue of wages. Becchio's pay packet will almost certainly be more than Bolton want to pay.

Finally, we come to the issue of age. At 29 years old, Becchio isn't a spry chicken but has shown that he can do it in this division time and time again. That age is also seemingly too old for Dougie Freedman who is dead set on a policy of youth, especially when aiming to bring youth players forward.

Becchio does sound like a good move for Bolton at first but, in my opinion, it's a price that Bolton Wanderers will have to think long and hard about should they go for it.