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Luciano Becchio signs for Leeds United

Argentinian striker Luciano Becchio has signed a permanent deal with Leeds United.

The 24-year-old put pen to paper on a three-year deal at Thorp Arch on Thursday afternoon, under the watchful eye of manager Gary McAllister.

Becchio initially joined the squad on a trial basis during the Galway leg of the Irish tour and Spanish club Merida gave him permission to play in the games against Shelbourne and Barnet.

He watched the game from the stand at Darlington on Tuesday night before completing the formalities of his move from Merida on Thursday.

The manager was delighted to complete the signing and he said: "We'd had reports on Luciano, seen DVDs, and had a good look at him in training.

"We were very keen to get him in and he will be a real threat for us.

"I've been pleased with what I've seen of him in the games and, although he is lacking in match fitness, he realises that and we still have 10 days before the season starts. He is working hard.

"He's got a good instinct, he'll be dangerous, and along with Jermaine, Enoch, Robert Snodgrass, and Andy Robinson, it gives us five offensive players who will also allow us to make little changes in shape."

Becchio, who has joined for an undisclosed transfer fee, started his career with Bocca Juniors before moving to Spain where he played at Barcelona and Mallorca.

The highly-rated marksman was at Merida last season and he scored 28 goals in 50 appearances for the Spanish club.