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Roberto Martinez bemused at Luciano Becchio talk
10:16pm Thursday 17th January 2013 in Leeds
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has played down speculation linking the club with a move for in-form Leeds striker Luciano Becchio.
Martinez is also bemused by reports the Argentinian, who is reportedly valued at £4million after scoring 19 goals for the Championship side this season, watched Latics’ FA Cup third-round replay win at Bournemouth on Tuesday.
Those rumours circulated as Becchio, 29, missed Leeds’ match at Birmingham on the same night through illness.
When asked about those suggestions, Martinez said: “I don’t think so. If he was I didn’t know about it.”
Wigan have already made two signings in the current transfer window by bringing in Honduras international Roger Espinoza on a permanent deal and Chilean striker Angelo Henriquez on loan from Manchester United.
A season-ending injury to defender Ivan Ramis has increased the possibility of further business but Martinez, facing up to another Barclays Premier League relegation battle, does not want to make his intentions public.
When asked specifically about Becchio at a press conference, Martinez said: “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.
“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.
“We are looking for the right player, somebody that can help us.
“But the focus is on the players we already have here.
“They have the experience of what is needed at Wigan Athletic - the way we need to play, what we need to achieve.”
Becchio returned to training today ahead of Leeds’ game at home to Bristol City on Saturday.
Meanwhile, United defender Adam Drury is set for an extended spell on the sidelines after suffering an ankle injury in the 2-1 win at Birmingham.
Boss Neil Warnock said: “Adam’s done something similar to what Ross McCormack did earlier in the season.
“He’s wearing a protective cast at the moment and could be out for a couple of months.”
*Teenager Dominic Poleon has signed a new two-and-a-half year contract with the Elland Road club.