Leeds striker Becchio hands in transfer request

The Argentine striker, who is contracted until 2014, has let the Championship club aware of his desire to leave after failing to agree new terms - with two bids already rejected

Leeds United striker Luciano Becchio has requested a move away from Elland Road after negotiations over a new deal broke down.

The 29-year-old, who is under contract until 2014, has notched 19 goals this season and was recently the subject of failed bids from two foreign clubs, while Wigan have also been linked.

And, after requesting a wage increase that was "beyond a level" Leeds could afford, the club have confirmed that the striker is available for sale but only for a suitable fee.

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A statement on the club's official website read: "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.

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

"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 remains unclear to whether Becchio will feature for Leeds during Sunday's FA Cup tie against Tottenham.