Transfer deadline day: Becchio out, Morison in for Leeds United

Luciano Becchio, who has joined Norwich.
Luciano Becchio, who has joined Norwich.

Leeds United have confirmed that a swap deal involving strikers Luciano Becchio and Steve Morison has been completed.

The Whites have received an undisclosed fee plus Welsh international Morison in an exchange deal with Premier League side Norwich for top scorer Becchio.

Morison, 29, completed the formalities of his move this morning and has signed on a three-and-a-half year contract.

The forward cost Norwich £2.8 million from Millwall in June 2011 and has scored 12 goals for the club and has made 27 appearances this season.

Morison previously scored 40 goals in 95 appearances for Millwall.

United manager Neil Warnock said: “I’m absolutely delighted that we’ve been able to bring Steve in.

“Even before Luciano put in his transfer request we had inquired about Steve - he was at the top of my list in January to bring in - and I can’t tell you how delighted I am.

“Steve meets all the requirements of the striker we’ve been looking to bring in. For me, he is a player who has everything. He can score goals from anywhere - whether it’s 25 yards or a tap-in - he has pace, and he has all the attributes you want.”

Becchio leaves Leeds after four-and-a-half seasons with the club when he made 221 appearances, scoring 86 goals.