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Leeds want goal-machine Becchio to sign new deal

Luciano Becchio scored a brace as Leeds came from behind to defeat Crystal Palace 2-1 at Elland Road, and after the game was urged by boss Simon Grayson to stay at Elland Road. Becchio made it 40 league goals in 89 starts for the club with his late double but is out of contract at the end of the season,

Grayson is keen to keep hold of the Argentinian and believes he will remain part of the squad.

He said: "Luciano Becchio is a fantastic player who has proved his worth to the club in terms of his goals and the effort he puts in for the team.

"That is why we are doing all we can to keep him.

"People probably under-estimate what he does for the team. He has scored a lot of goals this time and I am sure scouts will be taking notice of him but we want to keep our best players and there are not many bigger clubs than Leeds United in the Championship.

"Contract talks with Luciano are on-going but he has said he wants to stay.

"We plucked him from the third division of the Spanish League and helped to make him a better player so you hope for some loyalty from players in return."

Grayson added: "We started the game well but their goalkeeper was in outstanding form and we got done by a sucker punch.

"Our fans demand that we keep going to the very end and that is what we did. We finished the game with four or five centre forwards on the pitch, had a really good go and gained our reward."

Palace boss George Burley called for his players to learn how to close out a game after again coming home from Yorkshire empty handed.

He said: "We are improving but I am disappointed we got nothing out of the game.

"In the last couple of away games we've got our noses in front and played really well but we encouraged too much pressure from the opposition and that is something we have to be better at.

"We created some good chances and a second goal would maybe have finished the game but we didn't manage to score again and conceded two late goals.

"The Leeds crowd were fantastic. They were urging the ball into our net."

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