MANAGER Neil Redfearn has confirmed that Rotherham United are set to hand a deal to former Leeds United striker Luciano Becchio in the near future.
The Argentine, 32, who knows Redfearn from his time at Elland Road, is currently training with the Millers, having been handed a trial; he scored two goals in a practice game yesterday.
With forward Leon Best sidelined after surgery, a fully match-fit Becchio would potentially represent a welcome addition to his striking pool, according to Redfearn.
On Becchio, who saw a short loan spell at the AESSEAL New York Stadium curtailed by a serious heel injury in the autumn of 2014, Redfearn said: “We are in constant dialogue and he is here every day in training with us.
“We had a behind-closed doors game and he looked strong, but is perhaps a bit short of match fitness. But that is to be expected.
“But he has scored twice, which is a good habit to have and we know all about his qualities.
“I think we are getting him to a point now where he is in a good place and, obviously, if we can do something, that will be great.
“Luciano is someone I have known for a long time from my days at Leeds and he is known to Rotherham supporters for his short time here in scoring two goals in five games on loan (from Norwich). We know what he is capable of.
“He has really got the bit between his teeth and he loves the game and has missed being out. He sees this as a realistic opportunity to kick on in his career.”
Meanwhile, Redfearn has confirmed that in-form Grant Ward will stay at the club for the rest of the season.
The Spurs loanee’s six-month deal is due to expire at the end of this month, but Redfearn has revealed the 21-year-old will be sticking around.
Redfearn, who says it is likely that Adam Collin will move on shortly in a bid to get some game time – with Aberdeen linked with a move – added: “There’s an agreement until the end of January and then until the end of the season; there’s an automatic agreement that kicks in, so basically he is with us.
“Grant has been a fantastic loan signing for us and he was outstanding the other night against Brighton.
“We have given him that little bit more confidence and belief.”