UNITED’S BEL­LUSCI DRAW­ING IN­TER­EST

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP THIRD ROUND - By Pippa Field

LEEDS UNITED won’t let Giuseppe Bel­lusci go with­out a fight this month af­ter man­ager Steve Evans re­vealed they have al­ready turned down two bids for the cen­tre-back.

Bel­lusci, who ar­rived at El­land Road from Cata­nia in 2014, has been linked with a re­turn to his na­tive Italy dur­ing the trans­fer win­dow.

The vul­tures re­port­edly be­gan cir­cling im­me­di­ately but Evans is keen to hang onto the 26-year-old de­fender.

“I don’t get in­volved in the val­ues but I know the foot­ball club did turn down two of­fers from over­seas,” he re­vealed. “From that per­spec­tive, ei­ther the value has not been reached or he’s a part of the plans.

“He’s cer­tainly a big part of my plans from a foot­ball per­spec­tive.

“I have just put names on a sheet of pa­per and said to the pres­i­dent, ‘I want th­ese peo­ple to be here on the first of Fe­bru­ary’, and Peppe was on that sheet.

“Whether that’s had any in­flu­ence, I don’t re­ally go into that level of de­tail be­cause there is one man here who will de­cide if an of­fer is ac­cepted or not and it’s not me.”

WANTED: Bel­lusci

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