Wigan play down Becchio talk

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has played down speculation

linking the club with a move for Leeds striker Luciano Becchio.

The Latics boss also denied suggestions that Becchio, who has

scored 19 goals this season for the Championship club, watched

Athletic’s FA Cup third-round replay win at Bournemouth on


These rumours emerged after the 29-year-old player missed Leeds’

own Cup replay at Birmingham on the same night because of


When asked if Becchio had been at Dean Court, Martinez said: “I

don’t think so. If he was I didn’t know about it.”

When questioned if Becchio was one of his targets during the

January transfer window, Martinez replied: “I am not going to

mention any names.

“We are looking for the right player, somebody that can help us.

But the focus is on the players we already have here.

“I will never go into a position of mentioning names of other

players that are involved with other football clubs. I don’t think

it is respectful. I don’t like it when people do it about our

players in the middle of a season and I would never do that.”

Martinez did admit that Wigan, who have already signed Honduras

international midfielder or defender Roger Espinoza and Chilean

striker Angelo Henriquez on loan from Manchester United this

window, are in the market for more additions, particularly after

losing defender Ivan Ramis for the remainder of the season through


“We have got a little bit of room to bring one or two players. I

spoke with the chairman yesterday and the injury to Ivan has put us

in that situation,” added Martinez.