CHARLTON ATHLETIC are keen to sign transfer-listed left-back Fede Bessone on a permanent basis – but only if they can agree the right financial package with Leeds United.
Whites boss Simon Grayson has deemed the Argentine surplus to requirements as he bids to shake up his squad, despite the former Swansea City defender having two years left on his Elland Road deal.
Chris Powell’s Charlton – whom Bessone joined on loan for the rest of the season with a view to a permanent deal at the end of January – are in the box seat to sign the 27-year-old.
Although the player himself insists he hasn’t totally given up hope of earning a shock second chance at United.
Addick boss Powell said: “I’d love to keep Fede, but there is a long way to go before finally agreeing a deal.
“He may feel he’s got a chance at Leeds now they have not gone up or might attract suitors from higher above us.
“Financially, we have got to see where Leeds are at. He’s grown as a player since he’s been here. When he initially came, he was not 100 per cent fit.”
Signed last summer, Bessone has started just seven matches for United after struggling with form and injury in the first half of 2010-11, with his final appearance coming in the 5-2 derby blitzing at Barnsley on September 14.
But he enjoyed a redemptive loan spell at the Valley, with his final appearance coming in Saturday’s 0-0 home draw with Hartlepool United. While he admits a return to Charlton is a possibility, Bessone is in no rush to resolve his future and is happy to return to Leeds for pre-season if a deal with another club isn’t struck.
On a possible return to the Addicks, Bessone said: “To be honest, I don’t know. Probably if that’s an option as they said they were very happy with me and my attitude.
“I enjoyed my time at Charlton a lot. As a football player, all you want to do is play games and I played 13 games in a row and I’m happy about that.
“It was a good experience as Charlton are another big club and I enjoyed myself and improved.
“But if I can, I would like to stay at Leeds. But if Leeds don’t want me, you never know, I’ll maybe have another option in Charlton.
“(If nothing happens) I expect to be there (Leeds) in pre-season. I’m going to try and improve my chance and stay at Leeds.
“I’m a little disappointed because I signed for Leeds and wanted to play for them.
“But I had a couple of injuries, which meant I couldn’t play and when I started playing, I didn’t play my best, which is why I’m disappointed.
“I feel sorry as I know Leeds is a massive club and they expect more from their players. I think if I stay next season, I can improve myself and play much better than last season.”
Meanwhile, Whites midfielder Ramon Nunez, who will be at United next season after boss Grayson took up the option to keep him for another season, admits he is keen to prove himself in the first team after a sparkling loan spell at Scunthorpe United.
The Honduran international, 25, scored three goals in eight appearances with the Iron - impressing everyone at Glanford Park - after previously just making two substitute appearances with Leeds.
Nunez said: “I’ll go back for pre-season with Leeds and will try to win a spot there, that’s my first objective.
“I’ll show I want to be part of the starting XI.
“They have told me they want me to stay, so we’ll see if it’s the best decision.
“I briefly got a chance to speak with (Grayson), he was pretty happy with how it went at Scunthorpe and I was happy as well.
“I really didn’t have the opportunity at Leeds before, and I think I’ve proved, or have shown, I’m capable of playing at this level or even higher.”